By Rob W. Hart
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
What do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
Using particular details brings your lie to life.
By Rob D. Young
Including mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
One way to embed a central theme in a story is with the use of a literary device commonly referred to as the Objective Correlative.
Get to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Incorporate these principles to not only transition smoothly from scene to scene, but to add a new layer of metaphor for the manipulation of meaning and theme.
Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
A study of how Michael Chabon uses Suspense in literary fiction to keep the reader reading and to move the story forward.
Why overwriting and needless instruction have a habit of killing a story every time.
Add depth to your writing with a Figurative Language Well.
Why failing to establish clear narrative patterns or ignoring a story’s natural capacity to surprise can render an otherwise compelling work into an instant dud.
A discussion of successful extended metaphors and how to create your own.
Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.
“Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”: Malaprops, Puns, Spoonerisms, Eggcorns, and other hilarity-inducing word mix-ups.
Words are flexible and a writer can have a lot of fun using these devices.
In: Cervantes, Craft, Dave Eggers, Don Quixote, Literary Devices, metafiction, Narrator, nonfiction, Plot, POV, Structure
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.
A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.