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How Do Similes Work?

How Do Similes Work?

What are similes and how do they work? We'll show you in this article.

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How to Write an Allegory Like George Orwell

How to Write an Allegory Like George Orwell

An allegory is a story that evokes two separate meanings. The first meaning is the story's surface, like characters and plot, the stuff that goes into every story. But at a much deeper level, an allegory has a symbolic, heavy meaning. What allegories come to mind? Maybe _The Lord of the Flies_; _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_; _Moby Dick_; or _Pilgrim's Progress_?

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Are Your Supporting Characters Doing The Right Job?

Are Your Supporting Characters Doing The Right Job?

Supporting characters are designed to move your story forward. Discover their relationship to story context and how that influences the way you write them.

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How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How do you make anthropomorphism work in your writing? Author Kathy Edens takes a look at the best ways to make animals, books, teacups, and more come alive in your work.

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How to Use Satire Like Mark Twain

How to Use Satire Like Mark Twain

Writers who use satire to get their point across do so by wielding humor, wit, irony, or sarcasm. They expose an individual or society for its weaknesses, corruption, hypocrisy, or foolishness. And no one does it better than Mark Twain.

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Literary Devices and Adding Depth to Your Writing

Literary Devices and Adding Depth to Your Writing

The term “literary device” refers to some common techniques that writers use to add meaning to their writing and get their message across more poignantly. When mastered, literary devices can help your reader interpret your scenes and understand your ideas with greater depth. There are hundreds of literary devices to choose from, but let’s talk about some of the ones that will add layers to your writing.

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The Nemesis: Why Every Protagonist Needs One

The Nemesis: Why Every Protagonist Needs One

Every great hero has a great nemesis. Here's how to create one.

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What the Heck is Bildungsroman?

What the Heck is Bildungsroman?

Do you like experimenting with different literary devices? Maybe you like how they can stretch you in new areas and help you see character, plot, even setting, from different angles. If so, you need some bildungsroman in your life. What the heck is bildungsroman? Read on to find out!

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When Deus Ex Machina Works (And When it Doesn't)

When Deus Ex Machina Works (And When it Doesn't)

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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Anthropomorphism & Personification: What's the Difference?

Anthropomorphism & Personification: What's the Difference?

Anthropomorphism and personification both ascribe human qualities to inanimate or living things like animals or clocks. They’re used differently, however, in literature, movies, music, and other creative venues. We take a look at the differences between them.

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Holding Back Your Backstory

Holding Back Your Backstory

Many readers struggle to figure out how much backstory is too much. DailyWritingTips explores this topic on their blog.

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What's the Difference Between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

What's the Difference Between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

If you’re like me, you love learning about literary devices and how to use them. I was in a literary forum recently where someone posted, "What’s the difference between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton?" Frankly, I had to look them up. If you're like me, this article is for you.

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Amp Up Your Novel with a Subplot...or Two

Amp Up Your Novel with a Subplot...or Two

Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.

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Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Do you remember the story of Icarus in Greek mythology? It's one of the most classic examples of hubris in literature. In this article, we take a look at hubris and what it means.

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Learn How to Write Tragedy

Learn How to Write Tragedy

As writers, we want to make sure our readers are happy with our tale's ending, so we often turn away from tragedies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a tragic hero in your story to juxtapose your protagonist. In this article, author Kathy Edens examines how to make your readers' hearts ache.

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