• The Art of Using Literary Devices and Techniques

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    Guest Post by Melissa Donovan When I first learned about alliteration in a writing class, I couldn’t believe there was a word for it. I used it in my poetry all the time! Then I learned about anastrophe and deus ex machina and I began to discover a whole world of literary devices and techniques. Alliteration ...

  • Sentences: Control of Voice

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    Creating the voice you want for your story or novel begins with Word Choices. It continues with control of your sentences. I emphasize control because many writers--well, they just write. Without consideration of sentence structures. Sentences, as the basic building block of the written word, need careful attention. You can write long, short, simple, complex, parallel, ...

  • Voice Begins with Word Choices

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    Voice begins with the right choice of words Each story or novel has its own diction, or the group of words that could be used for this story. For example, a historical fiction would have different word choices than a romantic comedy. Of course, there's lots of overlap, but each story has certain words that you ...

  • Long and Short: Sentences

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    Importance of Sentence Variety My niece was here this weekend and we talked about her college writing experience. She said they try to change her habitual writing of high school into something more sophisticated. For example, they eschew the five-paragraph essay, rightly so. Instead, they look for more sophisticated structures. But when I teach writing, I focus ...

  • Type

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    Do you ever type up someone else’s picture book or a chapter from someone else’s book? I do. I find that just reading a selection, even reading aloud, doesn’t (more…)

  • How to Fight Writer’s Depression

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    I am almost sad and depressed today. Why? Because I'm looking at the wrong things. Writers of picture books or novels must remember to pay attention to their work, not the audience's appraisal of their work. The Audience is Always Late The audience is always late to the party. When I sold The Journey of Oliver K. ...