The Noun and Your Writing

Alright, so I think it’s safe to assume most of us know that a noun is a person, place, or a thing. But, do you know how to make the best use of nouns in your writing?

The basic structure of a sentence is a noun + a verb. This allows only two words to make up a complete sentence – ‘He is.’

As writers, we want to make the most of our word choices. Along with strong verbs and descriptive adjectives, we want our nouns to have power.

After all, it’s the nouns that do all the work. (Well, once you add a verb to your sentence.)

It is also the nouns that make up your characters, where they live, and what they have.

When you write something, make EVERY noun count.

Let’s look at the four different types of nouns.

There are the Common Nouns – Common nouns are names given to ordinary objects. The accompany an article –
Examples: the shoe, a kitchen, an apple.

Next, we have the Proper Nouns

Proper nouns are names given to people, places, days, months, ideologies, subjects or titles.
They always begin with capital letters.
Examples: July, China, Friday.

We probably use this next group the most:

Pronouns are substitutes for nouns, taking the place of nouns that precede or follow them.
Examples: I, hers, myself, who.

It is also important to note that we have four types of pronouns:

They are personal pronouns which indicate a person or group; examples include: he, she, they.

Possessive pronouns which indicate ownership; examples include his, hers, theirs.

Next, we have Relative pronouns. These introduce dependent clauses in sentences, and the examples are: who, whoever, that, which, when, and where.

Last, we have the Reflexive pronouns which refer back to the subject of the sentence. Examples are himself, herself, and myself.

The last group of nouns are the Abstract Nouns. These refer to something that cannot be seen, touched or measured, such as a feeling or emotion.
Examples are anger, happiness, romance.

I hope this primer on nouns helps a bit. If you wish to explore the importance of nouns further, please refer to a good style guide, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, Elements of Style, and The APA Style Guide.

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' and 'Innocent for the Moment.' Both of these books are part of a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. The third book will be available in late summer of 2020. I'm currently coordinating a Collection of works created by Artists during the Pandemic. The title of the book is '2020 Artists on LockDown Collection,' and it will be available for sale on in early September 2020. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on Black Friday, 2020 - just in time for holiday giving. I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 36 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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