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A simile and Metaphore

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We use them all the time, but the majority of the time we do not put names to them.  They seem to come automatically when we are writing.  A simile is defined as a figure of speeh where two unlike things are compared.  Usually started with words like, or as. Exp.: She’s unraveling like a ball of yarn

A metaphor is something  spoken  or written which shows how the object or person resembles something else.  “She is such a party pooper.”  “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

To help with a simpler understanding since they are so close: A metaphor is an eququation, where a simile is an approximation.  If it makes good sense it is probably a metaphor.

In writing we are suppose to use non-common semiles and metaphores.  We want our descriptions to be vivid and pull out the readers imagination.  Discriptions have the power to open up the world of your book or close the cover.

“”Metaphores feel more powerful, but similes are a far suppler instrument.  You can do anything with them–stick them in dialogue, give them to a first person narrator, embed them in news headlines or gossip.  Metaphors lend themselves to a heavier narritive style which may or may not work for your story, depending on its tone. (Writing Fiction by Gotham Writers Workshop)”

Today’s video is similes and Metaphores in Pop Culture, Enjoy


How To Pick A Point of View (POV)


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The POV for me is fairly daunting.  I seem to favor first person in my writing, but that could be because I’m still fairly new at writing.  The POV chosen affects everything we write.  There are questions to ask yourself before making a final choice on the POV:

1.  Whose story is this?  Most of the time it belongs to the protagonist.

2.  What kind of stories do I like to read?  Do you want to read how one person prevailed in the trials and tribulation of whatever they are facing, or do you want someone to tell you everything going on in the story.  The example given by “Writing Fiction” by Gotham Writers Workshop was, Do you like Rocky, or a League of Their Own?

Sadly, sometimes you will get almost done with your story and determine the voice you used was not working as well as it should.  Then you have to start over with a different point of view.

Video:  How To Write, Point of view

So, You Want to Write Fiction.


We All Get There

Do you know what it takes to write fiction? Writing it down is the magic that sets everything into motion.  WRITE, WRITE, and WRITE, is the mantra  I have gathered from reading various “How To” books.

It has been recommended you set a particular time daily to write. “Force yourself to stick to a schedule.” is a quote out of Writing Fiction by Gotham Writer’s Workshop.   I personally write when I want to.  I do write something everyday, but it my not be on my novel.  I don’t want to take the pleasure out of my writing, because I have it scheduled to write everyday at ten in the morning, or seven in the evening.
Writing is a job and should be treated as a job, but my particular job, will have flexible scheduling.  The rational behind the schedule is to develop discipline.
I am a “free spirit writer,” at this point in time, but at some point I will have to become a disciplined editor.  One who will go through the writing with a fine tooth comb and make necessary changes.  Right now my mind is screaming, no ! no!  I can’t do that, everything I write is wonderful and important to the story. Considering I am the “free spirit writer” now  I am going to play “Scarlet O’Hara,” and deal with that another day.
Enjoy the Video, it has a lot to say.