Readers and editors like strong writing, which consists of many things, among them a high verb-to-noun ratio. Verbs do things, and action means vigor. For example:The result of the swarm of supervillains in Gotham City has been a situation of overwork for its superheroes and the consequent increase in unprevented and unsolved supercrimes.
One verb, nine nouns. Or this:Swarming supervillains in Gotham City have overworked its superheroes, so supercrimes go unprevented and unsolved.
Two verbs, four nouns – and fewer words overall, which is always good. If you need a story for your verbs, here are a few ideas:
• This is a horror story about the ghosts of the victims of a terrible tragedy who agree to meet at the site one year later ... and a year has passed.
• This is a novel told from the point of view of a genetically experimental dog who lives for 500 years, and its different owners and adventures as the world changes.
• This is a highly allegorical story about a parliament of owls and their campaign to elect a prime minister.
— Sue Burke