Writing Figurative Language

Writer's Block No More

It Can Really Grab Attention

By Annette Rey

I came across a fabulous example of figurative language. It really caught my imagination and drew an enticing picture in my mind. But figurative language also wakes up some deeper emotion in my being. This is something you would like your readers to find in themselves as they read your writing. Your work and author name will be unforgettable if you flower your work with words that make your readers think.

Let’s have a look at the sentence I wish I had said.

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Write Your Way To Success in the Literary Industry

A Writer's Path

Are you interested in becoming a writer? Well, the bad news is that you’re about to enter an incredibly competitive industry. The good news is that there are ways to make things a little easier for you, ensure that you do stand out and who knows, maybe even get a publisher. The first step is making sure that you pick the right genre and subgenre for your book.

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Why I Gave Up the Dream of Getting Published

John Grisham talks about how his first book was a commercial failure, published by a “vanity press.” If you ever hear him talk about this, he will talk about what some call “reality checks” similar to what you are discussing. (You know the old joke: “your reality check just bounced.”) His THIRD completed novel was a commercial success (“The Firm”), but he explicitly says that he had to adjust his writing to meet the demands of publishers and the public. As an aside, you might also be “ahead of your time.” (e.g. Van Gogh.) And, in many endeavors, sometimes discouragement is part of the process. But, I feel yo pain. See, also: https://stillanotherwritersblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/it-is-too-bad-for-the-wood-which-finds-itself-a-violin/

Jessica Davidson

They always say you should never give up on your dreams, but what if your dream isn’t worth fighting for? What if it turns out to be a nightmare?

I’ve been writing and sending my work out for years, trying to get the publishing industry interested in what I’m doing. But the publishing industry has remained blissfully indifferent to my offerings. Finally, last year, the clamour of that indifference drove me to question what I was doing and why – perhaps I should have done it earlier…

It turns out I wasn’t chasing a dream at all. I was chasing a fantasy, but it took me a little while to see the difference. It’s obvious in retrospect and I feel like an idiot – but there’s nothing unusual about that.

So what is the difference between a dream and a fantasy?

  • A dream is real.
  • A fantasy is a…

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Sing Me In Love With You

Hitting all the right notes.  

That’s what romantic fiction is all about.  How she feels when she looks at him.  How he feels when he says her name.  Sigh.  It’s grand, isn’t it?

Yes.  For certain it is grand.  But, not always.  There’s thorns among the roses as we well know.

Today though, I wanted to write about something special.  Maybe it’s the end of Summer tugging at me.  Maybe it’s Throwback Thursday.  Or maybe there’s no reason at all.  I just feel like writing about falling in love.  Yes.  I’m a hopeless romantic after all.  God, there’s no help for me is there?

Soft lights.  

The glow of pure wax candles was everywhere in the room.  Mirrored sconces reflected the candle flames that cast a warm, golden glow to everything and everyone in the room.

It was elegance itself in a time when true elegance ruled…

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Sometimes You Just Need To Go For It!

It comes at some point in every story.

And going for it is what makes any story, romantic fiction or otherwise, have a special spirit that stays alive in our memories. My CounterClockwise series brings characters to this decision point several times throughout the events in each book. They bare their souls, put their hearts on their sleeves and, and look fear square in the eye. That takes a lot.

I personally like creating more drama and tension around decision making, especially when it is a potentially life-altering choice. At that point, it brings the reader to a place of great anticipation about what happens next.

May not be entirely simple.

Not at all. Contemplating saying what you want, and declaring your intentions, can get any of us stuck in low gear while we consider what we’re about to do. Going for it might be the giant step, but it’s…

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The Creativity Process

bipolarbree1

Taking time to be creative is so important to embrace when you are learning how to manage daily life with mental health issues.  Whether you have a Masters Degree in writing or Art or you just like to sit down and let the thoughts flow out, finding your inner voice and expressing it creatively is cathartic.   I love to paint and I love to write. The direction I go in depends on the mood of the moment (I am a rapid cycle Bipolar 1). That being said, as a result of many therapy sessions, I am getting better at being able to know where I am in the mood pyramid and plan my activities accordingly.  I also have an app on my phone that I use to take notice of my feelings and the little things that happen to me throughout the day. During the course of one day…

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3 Reasons Why We Should Appreciate More Art

A Writer's Path

by Maja S. Todorovic

Art is like being able to project our most inner self, hidden parts of our mind and heart we might’ve forgotten that exist and they appear to remind us to feel again, to recognize our human and empathetic nature. Art doesn’t take sides – it’s a guidance to different perspectives and modalities of human existence and behavior.

When an interviewer asked Marina Abramovic: “How do you know you are artist?”, she said: “Art is like breathing, you simply have to do it, in order to feel and stay alive”. So, there is an ingrained need to create, to contribute to the world using your own tools, language and ways of expressions. That need is larger than the artist himself, larger than the need to get recognition or reward. That need translates an experience he’s propelled to share and as itself is sure enough reason for him to…

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