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How to craft good figurative writing according to Dead Poets Society

Good figurative writing is electrifying. It adds beauty and depth to your prose in a way literal language struggles to match. But the challenge of good figurative language is that it doesn’t come from your head — it comes from your gut. You don’t sit there and systematically craft metaphors by analyzing and connecting two … Continue reading How to craft good figurative writing according to Dead Poets Society

“Dropping sunglasses” — and how to keep readers immersed in a story

The best metaphor (and cautionary tale) I’ve read about how to keep readers immersed in a story came from a book on poetry — Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual. Recalling a childhood vacation on the Wisconsin River, Kooser writes: I do vividly remember going for a ride in an excursion boat that had … Continue reading “Dropping sunglasses” — and how to keep readers immersed in a story

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