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Smiley-Face Tricks

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Alison Mercer-Curtis

on 15 August 2013

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Transcript of Smiley-Face Tricks

Becoming a Writer: Creativity around every corner
Smiley-Face Tricks
Developing style through unique writing.
The Magic 3
Using 3 groups of words, usually separated by commas, that create a poetic rhythm or add support for a point, especially when the three words have their own modifiers.
Figurative Language
Nonliteral comparisons--such as similes, metaphors, and personification--add "spice" to writing and can help paint a more vivid picture for the reader.
Specific Details for Effect
Instead of general, vague descriptions, specific sensory details help the reader visualize the person, place, thing, or idea being described.
Repetition for Effect
Example: I am the
water
when the land turns stale with dryness, the
curve
when everything else is straight, and the only
human
in a world of aliens.
Example: The water was as cool as the first leaf falling on a brisk Autumn day.
As I walked through the park, the wind blew with an exacerbated force, blowing snow through the icy winter air. I just wanted to get home and sit in front of my brick fireplace ablaze burning orange with the sorrows of yesterday.
Repeating specially chosen words or phrases to make a point, to stress certain ideas for the readers.
I never played Peter Pan and flew to Never-Never Land. I was never Cinderella getting ready for the Ball to dance the night away.
Expanded Moment
Instead of "speeding" past a moment, writers often emphasize it by "expanding" the moment. Think about writing one paragraph about five seconds of your life.
Humor
Professional writers know the value of laughter; even subtle humor can help turn a "boring" paper into one that can raise someone's spirits.
Hyphenated Modifiers
Sometimes a new way of saying something can make all the difference; hyphenated adjectives often cause the reader to "sit up and take notice."
It was one of those please-don't-make-me-go-to-school mornings.
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