Without verbs, nothing would get done. The verb is the action part of the sentence. A subject performs the action.
Nouns and adjectives can be turned into verbs by adding the suffix ify, ize, ate, or en: deaden, digitize, fixate, immunize, originate, strategize, signify, sweeten.
Nouns and adjectives can be turned into verbs by adding the prefix be, de, or en: becalm, bedazzle, defrost, defrock, encompass, enmesh.
Made-up verbs have a suffix like ify, ize, ate, en, and ing added to them.
It is important recognize when you are using made-up verbs. If you are, make sure they aren't a cliché, are intentional, and used only once or twice in a manuscript.
Using it as a dialogue plant and payoff works. One lone character might mangle the language on purpose. Someone can mock him with it. Those are acceptable uses of imaginary verbs.
These suffixes create subtle speed bumps which force the reader to pause or reread the sentence. The suffix ness is often a substitute for a stronger word. This is where a thesaurus comes in handy.
1, Search for them.
2. Read the sentence. Does it flow smoothly?
3. Is the word out of place in your setting?
4. Is it appropriate for the character to use it?
5. Make sure words with these suffixes need to be there. If not, change them.
Posted by Diana Hurwitz