In English, verbs are the go-go-go words, the wake-up words. There's no action without a strong verb, an action verb, a doing verb.
Strong verbs make things happen. By contrast, the various forms of the verb to be produce no action: they merely suggest a state of existence, or a condition. Being verbs are static.
Whatever you are writing, check the verbs.
Do you see a hefty proportion of is, was, are and were? If so, replace as many as possible with action verbs. You'll be surprised at how a few simple changes liven up the text.
Strong verbs bring action because they:
Obviously the following are action verbs:
to jump, run, collapse, explode, fry, fly, flee, flop, float and parapent.
But action verbs don't have to be Outward Bounders. The following are also action verbs:
to inquire, reply, cooperate, say, confuse, rewrite, configure and decide.
The Council's decision was in favour of industrial zoning for the Addington area.
The Council zoned the Addington area industrial.
Almost inevitably, verb-editing makes the text more concise. And that's got to be good!