By Robbie Blair
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.