Friday, October 25, 2013

Make your writing come to life

By: Casey Crow

I'm taking a detour from our normal topics here at Naughty Author Chicks to talk about figurative language. defines it as "speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning."

We all use it (or should) in our writing, but recently I was reminded of what some of the figurative language is actually called thanks to my daughter's school project. I'm proud to say I remembered most of the terms from my schooling way back when, but a couple I'd definitely forgotten about even though I use the process in my writing. Now I know what I'm writing!

Alliteration: The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables. Ex: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Hyperbole: Huge exaggeration usually with humor. Ex: My cat is so fat, she needs a roller skate to keep her stomach off the floor.

Metaphor: Comparing two unlike things without using like or as. Ex: My aunt's hair is a disco ball.

Personification: Giving something human qualities. Ex: The daisies danced in the breeze.

Cliché: A word or phrase that has become overly familiar or common place. Ex: Humpday!

Idiom: A set expression of two or more neighboring words that mean something other than the literal meaning. Ex: Knock my socks off!

Onomatopoeia: Naming a thing or an action by imitating a sound associated with it. Ex: Roar!

Simile: Comparing two unlike things using like or as. Ex: My cousin's hair is like a yoga ball.

Again, thanks to my daughter for allowing me to share her figurative language suggestions. What's your way to bring your writing to life?

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