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Creative Writing Techniques – by S. A. Barone

Creative Writing Techniques - by S. A. Barone

According to writer Martin Cole, “Good writing comes from the creativity within the writer.  Once the writer’s creative juices are flowing the writing techniques can act as a foundation for your story.”

There are many writing techniques that are available to writers that help to serve different purposes.  Some of these techniques help to highlight an important part in your story while others help with the descriptions of objects.

A Simile is a technique that compares one subject to a different subject even though they are not normally related, for example, “Linda looks as thin as a toothpick.”

A Metaphor is a technique that describes objects that are the same, for example. “All the world’s a stage.”(Shakespeare)

Rhetorical Questions are questions that do not require or expect an answer.  They can be used to make the reader think about a point being made.  For example, “How will I live without you?”  This kind of a question shows the reader how strongly the character feels. 

Personification some time in story telling it is referred to as Anthropomorphism.  This is a writing technique that gives human characteristics to something non-human, such as a car, an animal, or a tree.  Remember Disney’s, The Little Toaster.  Personification helps brings things to life making them more interesting.  For example, “The Elm tree grumbled and groaned like an old man in the wind.”

Onomatopoeia, another writing technique that deals with sounds.  This is a favorite technique of mine.  I love having my characters make lots of noise or just create noise in my story.  Words like “Whack!  Boing!  Thud!  This technique is used in all literature but mostly children’s stories and comic books.  

Emotive Language refers to adjectives and adverbs that are related to emotions.  Works like love, hate, sad, happy.  These kinds of words help the reader know how the characters are feeling.

Colloquial Language is used informally, such as the shortening and joining of words together.  For example, “I ain’t going to school today, I’m gonna go play!   This technique is mostly used when a writer is talking through a character in their story. 

Hyperbole is a technique that uses excessive exaggeration when writing and trying to get a point across to the reader.  A good example of this kind of technique is, “I’ve been waiting forever.”  Of course that is not the case and the reader knows it, they know that the character might have only been waiting several minutes but to the character it feels like forever.

Until next time, keep reading and writing

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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