Literary Devices

5 Creative Ways To Use Footnotes In Fiction

Ah, the humble footnote. You might think it’s only relevant to nonfiction, academic writing, or content-heavy papers. After all, you’ve seen research papers and essays; you used them in high school when writing a report. But, if you let go of preconceived notions, you can unlock…

7 Awesome Foreshadowing Tips For Fiction Writers

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS Foreshadowing is a literary device that can be used to create expectation with readers. It is a preparation tool. You let your reader know something is going to happen without giving the story away. You can create a sombre or ominous tone by foreshadowing.…

Past Or Present Tense? Which One Will You Use?

Different tenses suit different stories, certain genres, and various authors’ styles. The tense you choose should also suit the personality of your main viewpoint character. The Past And The Present The past tells us what happened: I ached. She loved. You needed. The present shows us…

3 Incredibly Powerful Ways Myths Inform Storytelling

Mythunderstood The word and concept of myth has so many meanings, it’s sometimes confusing to know what it means. It could be a false belief — ‘the myth that evening primrose oil can cure eczema’ — or even something imaginary — ‘We’re beginning to think Sue’s new boyfriend is…

How Chekhov’s Gun Can Help You With Description

I am sure that you have heard of Chekhov’s Gun. Anton Chekhov says, “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it…

7 Points To Consider When You Write An Epistolary-ish Novel

I have been doing research into books that use letters, because I want to do something similar in my novel. It is interesting to note that it works better in some stories than in others. Wikipedia says, ‘An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents.…

14 Points To Consider Before You Write The Ending

The end is near Ending your story is often harder than starting it. You’ve made plenty of promises you have to keep. Let’s be honest. The most annoying / irritating / brilliant / devastating / terrifying / awesome thing about fiction is that anything, yes ANYTHING, can happen.…
3 Plot Devices You Should Definitely Be Using

Unhinged — 3 Plot Devices You Should Definitely Be Using

Storytelling normally follows a linear plot structure, one of rising tension reaching the point of climax. As writers, we use this template because it works very well. However, I’ve been watching a few movies lately that use innovative — often bizarre – plot devices that we can learn from…

The 9 Types Of Unreliable Narrator

I was stunned by the success of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was obvious to me that the author was employing the unreliable narrator technique in the story. This came as a shock to many readers and viewers, which is odd when everyone tells you that…
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