Use these 100 power words to boost reader interest

Use these 100 power words to boost reader interest

Use these 100 power words to boost reader interest

Power words are words that most effectively convey an action or an emotion in order to drum up strong emotional responses. Masterful writers know that when they inject passionate words into prose, blog posts, articles, etc., that they are able to craft a predictable response from readers. Want to rile up some anger for a cause? Use power words. Want to pull on heartstrings? Use power words. Want to bore your readers to death? Avoid power words.

This week on Maine on the Blogs we take a look at 100 words that can effectively change the tone or underscore the emotional drive of your blog post to captivate your readers.

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For your blogging convenience we broke up our 100 words into 5 of the most popular blog topic categories here at the Maine blog network. In each category we chose power words that are effective at adding color to your voice, dynamic tension to your text, and interesting visuals for your readers. We also chose examples from some of our great bloggers!


Example: Maine Course

“In this Brussels sprouts recipe, fresh shredded Brussels sprouts (slice them thinly with a knife or use the slicing attachment for your food processor) are mixed with sweet clementine segments, tangy dried cranberries and meaty pecans before being tossed with a tangy shallot vinaigrette.”

 rich  tangy  crunch  stab  chop
 chilly  melty  scrumptious  delicious  bitter
 aroma  enchanting  comfort  zing  vigor
 passion  bubble  ferment  fresh  wilt


Example: Accidental Adventure

“My trips are planned, researched and organized as much as possible — for all the good any of that does. More often then not, my trips turn into equal parts comedy of errors, wrong turns and distractions by shiny objects. In other words, Accidental Adventures.”

 passion  stride  success  reflect  inhibit
 wild  living  authentic  obstacle  personal
 forbid  obligated  protect  unconditional  dream
 confession  anonymous  self  private  lively


Example: Housewife Plus
“Oh, yeah. Let the muffin top spilleth. Let the flab jiggle. Let your body relax into the safety of privacy under all the beauty of that giant pillowy winter coat!”

 compare  subvert  suddenly  funnily  eventually
 gigantic  bombastic  ridiculous  preposterous  wild
 exaggerate  embellish  fascinating  hilarious  tickle
 magnify  aggrandize  inflate  colorful  goofy


Example: STEED
“At the core of that statement is the spirit of an impotent white boy terrified of being called out. You’ve got racism, an assumption of possessing women, white fear of being exposed as a fraud, and so much more all in one.”

 risk  proven  fraud  freedom  manipulate
 lost  strange  withheld  concerned  examine
 thoughtful  selfless  fragile  tiring  exhausting
 directed  questionable  desirable  daring  cunning


Example: Culture Shock

“Friday night in Bangor there’s a host of good shows, including Portland alt-folk ensemble the Ghosts of Johnson City (pictured at left) at Nocturnem Drafthaus, Bangor rockers Chamberlain and songwriter James Reiss at Paddy Murphy’s, the wildly diverse open mic night at the Central Gallery, and up in Old Town, there’s Ragged Jack at Boomhouse.

 fantastic  loud  crowded  massive  quiet
 grand  epic  popular  frugal  surge
 enigmatic  charming  unmistakable  undeniable  authority
 royal  artistic  tremendous  flash  bonanza

A power word can be a noun, verb, or adjective. Any word, really, can be a power word if used correctly for the intent behind a power word is to reinforce a feeling or an idea. As a writer you are trying to create and exchange ideas that have the perfect blend of emotions to convince the reader that what you are trying to say is interesting, important, and worth considering.

The next time you find yourself at the keyboard and wondering how to use power words, we hope you’ll remember that as long as you infuse passion with your text then your words will indeed carry all the power you will need to effectively communicate with your readers.

For more tips, tutorials, and examples of our fabulous bloggers, we hope you’ll drop by and leave us a comment here or on our Facebook Page.

Sarah Cottrell

About Sarah Cottrell

Maine-based writer Sarah Cottrell is the voice behind Housewife Plus at the Bangor Daily News and is a regular contributor to Disney’s Babble and Momtastic. She is a co-author in six books including I Still Just Want To Pee Alone from the New York Times Bestselling series. Sarah’s work has also been highlighted and featured by SELF Magazine, National Public Radio, Washington Post, and VICE Tonic.