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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...

Creative Editing Techniques: Horrible Homophones

Most writers are readers who have developed a love of storytelling, and not many of them have a technical background in English Linguistics. Sometimes we build up a great vocabulary by hearing words rather than studying them, which can lead to problems when we encounter...

Creative Editing Techniques: Typo Spotting

Creative Editing Techniques explores different strategies for editing your fiction writing which combine together to give you the cleanest ‘oven-ready’ publishing draft possible. These strategies include visual and auditory processing techniques, insider tips from the publishing world, and exercises borrowed from drama education to give your work...

The Amazing Benefits of Starting a Story In Medias Res

"In medias res" is a Latin term that translates to “in the midst of things.” It means altering the typical chronological plot sequence to start a narrative toward the center of its arc. Here, you bypass exposition and gradually provide context through dialogue, flashbacks, or description of...

An Overview of Sensory Imagery in Creative Writing: Importance and Notable Examples

Sensory imagery is a literary device where writers use descriptive language to evoke mental images. It explores the five human senses — sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell — in engaging readers and making creative elements in fiction appear real. In this article, we discuss...

7 Simple Guidelines To Master Multiple Point Of Views

Sometimes writers may discover that they can't find the right point of view (POV) for their novel. Although it has its disadvantages and is tricky to pull off, using multiple points of view can be your solution.  Multiple POVs give the writer a way to create...