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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tips for Sharpening Your Writing Skills


MAKE USE OF THE 20 FIGURES OF SPEECH
(Thursdays, from May 24 to October 4)

1. Alliteration: The repetition of an initial consonant sound in neighboring words.

Uses:
Most often used in poetry and music.
Adds interest to the writing.
Adds emphasis by drawing attention to the words.
Creates “atmosphere” through the sounds.
Makes memorable names for characters, titles, etc.
Useful in memorization.

Warnings:
Use them sparingly.
Editors tend to cringe at their use in prose.

Examples of alliteration:

“The soul selects her own society.” (Emily Dickinson)

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
(Henry David Thoreau, Walden)

“I watched the bare brown back of the prisoner marching in front of me.” (George Orwell, “A Hanging”)

phrases: busy as a bee, a dime a dozen, sink or swim, give up the ghost

tongue twisters: “She sells seashells down by the seashore,” “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”

from Harry Potter: Godric Gryffindor, Severus Snape, Cho Chang

from Superman comics: Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Clark Kent

films: King Kong, Dirty Dancing

famous people: Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson

merchants: Bed Bath & Beyond, Chuckee Cheese, Pay Pal

sports teams: Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills

merchandise: Coca-Cola, Blue Bonnet

Can you add to the list of examples?

FRIDAY: MORE ON THE EM DASH

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