The world of literary devices isn't limited to similes and metaphors. Here are seven lesser-known and underappreciated rhetorical tools to add to your wordsmith toolbox.
Believable dialogue is the key to revealing your characters, establishing a scene's tone and atmosphere, and advancing your storyline. Learn to incorporate speech tags and action beats. Follow our ten tips to write effective dialogue.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers... but can you pick up on all of the alliteration in your text? Here's how to use ProWritingAid's Alliteration Report to make the most of your imagery.
Setting isn't just a backdrop. Find out how to deepen and enrich your characters, plot, and theme by creating settings that stand out.
Action beats are often used in lieu of dialogue tags to show body language and to denote who is talking. But action beats are also useful for showing characterization, setting, and even world-building!
Exploring poetry techniques: find out how and why poets use caesura and enjambment. This simple guide includes definitions, use, and famous examples from literature.
Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.
Defining possessive nouns is tricky. There are several unique rules that can confuse even the most seasoned writer.
Learn everything you need to know about caricature. This comprehensive explanation comes complete with examples and definition. Perfect for writers, students, and educators alike.
Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading. This guide is full easy active reading activities that will help you become a better writer.
Empathy vs Sympathy: are you confused? Here's a simple guide to help you tell the difference.
As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals… Wait. If your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away. Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.
Confused by similes and metaphors? Find out the difference, along with common mistakes to avoid when using them in your writing.
Learn the difference between surprise and suspense and how to use them in your story. In this article, writer Zara Altair breaks down when and where to use each.