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Understanding the Meaning of Motif

A motif is a very effective literary device that helps reinforce the theme of a narrative. Using it in your writing can enhance your storytelling technique and make the message more memorable. But understanding exactly what a motif is and differentiating it from other related...

What is Onomatopoeia? Meaning, Effects and Usage

The English language has many imitating words that sound like what they are. Onomatopoetic words like "crash," "wow" and "drip" are common in everyday conversations. And in literature, you can harness these words to create vivid auditory imageries. In this article, we explore the meaning,...

Dramatic Irony

Have you always used a style of writing where your narrative has a few plot twists and a very straightforward plot? Don’t you think it is time to give your audience something new? Well, I’ll help you with that. Have you ever heard of dramatic...

Cosmic Irony

There are many forms of irony that you, as a writer, can use to make your work appealing to your audience. We are going to look at cosmic irony as a type of irony. Some writers may find cosmic irony quite hard to use as...

Socratic Irony

Sometimes confronting a character in a story over something they did usually is not very interesting to the reader. In fact, if the writer is not careful, he or she may lose the reader's interest at this point. Why? Because through confrontation, the writer may...

Historical Irony

Irony is a very important tool in literature. With the many different types of irony available to writers, writers can manipulate ordinary ideas and make them sound unique or interesting to their audience. We are going to particularly look at historical irony. The definition of historical...

What is Isocolon? Types, Effects and Examples

Isocolon is a rhetorical term for a successive group of phrases, clauses, or sentences with relatively equal length and corresponding structure. The similarities also include sound, meter, and rhythm. Basically, isocolon refers to an almost perfect repetition of similar grammatical forms. Remember the familiar sentence...

3 Simple Research Tips For Novel Writers

Research is essential for writers to help them develop the world of their novel and to create captivating characters and an intricate plot. Your best source is your own experience. It can be using your hometown in your setting or personal and work experience to...

Creative Editing Techniques: Paragraph Analysis

When I’m coaching writers one-to-one, I sometimes meet people with superb ideas and strong characters, but their prose is too confusing to follow. Many writers self-edit and pay careful attention to spelling errors and typing mistakes, but that’s not the only thing that can turn...

Creative Editing Techniques: De-tagging Speech

When I was a kid, I was always told to stop using the word ‘said’ in my stories. We were encouraged to use as many different speech tags as possible to describe dialogue, including ‘yelled’, ‘demanded’ and my favorite at the time: ‘urged’. But in professional...