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Author's Craft

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Chrissie Smith

on 27 March 2013

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is the author's style; use of specific techniques that an author chooses to relay an intended message to the reader, elict emotions from the reader and how the author creates visual images through the use of language. Author's Craft Figurative Language Metaphor language used in a way not intended; not the literal meaning Narrative Language techniques that an author chooses to relay an intended message; influences readers Device of Figurative Language that is used to compare two unlike objects without using "like" or "as" Examples:
flashback suggest one thing is like or equal to another
creates vivid description with few words Onomatopoeia words that imitate sounds Examples:
Boink Personification gives human qualities to animals, objects or ideas. connects reader with object personified
helps reader:
understand nonhuman characters,
sympathize with nonhuman characters, and react emotionally with nonhuman characters Simile Oxymoron a comparison between two unlike things using the words "like", "as", "than" or "resembles" makes descriptions vivid by comparing their subjects with known events or things
helps readers visualize what is being described. two contradictory words together for a special effect Examples:
jumbo shrimp
old news Examples:
oxymoron Imagery language that creates a sensory impression within the readers mind. Symbolism a person, object, or event that represents an idea or set of ideas. it stands for something larger than itself. Tone Writer's or speaker's attitude toward a subject, character, or audience. shown through choice of words
can be positive, negative or neutral Foreshadowing a way of indicating or hinting at what
will come later can be subtle or direct
false clues- mislead reader
often appear in mystery writings
adds suspense-builds anticipation about what might happen next
conveys information that helps the readers understand what comes later.
prepares readers for events that might happen later
makes extraordinary, even fanciful events seem more believable. Irony disagreement between what one says and what one means, what a character believes and what a reader knows, or what occurs and what one expects to occur in a text. Uses:
make reader stop and think about what has just been said
emphasize a central idea VERBAL a contrast between what is said or written and what is meant; a figure of speech; sarcasm SITUATIONAL what happens is different from what is expected to happen DRAMATIC Audience or reader knows something the character does not Flashback Disrupting the flow of the a story by interjecting events that happened at an earlier time. EXAMPLE: I was a night owl in college.
“All the world's a stage” (Shakespeare). EXAMPLE: The leaves tremble as they hang from the tree.

The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.

My computer throws a fit every time I try to use it. He was as white as a ghost.

She was as busy as a bee.

You were as brave as a lion. EXAMPLE: He fell down like an old tree falling down in a storm. EXAMPLE: White- symbolizes purity and life
Roses-symbolizes romance
Broken Mirror-symbolizes a separation or unhappiness
Phoenix-symbolizes rebirth, immortality, or resurrection. EXAMPLES: Anxious
Depressing Peaceful
Mysterious EXAMPLES: EXAMPLES: Subtle: Storm clouds on the horizon

Narrator-When Ruth Jones' alarm clock woke her at seven o'clock that morning, she had no idea that today would be the longest day of her life. Toy Story 2 has characters from A Bug’s Life on display in Al’s Toy Barn, Boo has a stuffed Nemo doll in Monsters Inc, a little boy is reading a Mr. Incredible comic in Finding Nemo, WALL-E is seen in Bob’s garage in The Incredibles… it just goes on and on. Other Examples: living dead
pretty ugly
act naturally
freezer burn Great Depression
sweet tart
alone together
student teacher
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