Writing Techniques & Tips

Writing techniques are one of the most important aspects for whatever you write. Used correctly, they can make the story more interesting , whether that by by using descriptive words, or adding in punctuation to add just the right effect. In this , I will demonstrate how to use those two aspects, and other various things, to make your story more appealing and interesting for the reader!


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5. Techniques- Describing emotions

When you are writing in first person, it is very important to get what the protagonist is feeling across; what emotion they are feeling. It helps the reader understand the main characters perspective, thus why it is very important. I will use two examples of sentences using the techniques below, then piece each separate emotion together at the end. These emotions will be happiness and sadness

Techniques

-Metaphors

-Repetition

 

What they are doing

 

This isn't exactly a technique, which is why I didn't list it at the start. However, what the character is doing gives the reader an idea of their emotion. An angry person wouldn't be chasing butterflies, would they?

 

 

Happiness

Standard: I walked along the path.

Technique:  I walked along the path, pausing to pick some flowers

 

Sadness

Standard: I sat on the sofa

Technique I sat on the sofa, and buried my face in the cushion.

 

Metaphors

 

Once again, I am using metaphors. As mentioned previously, they are a powerful way to describe something, and power is exactly what we need when portraying emotion. Instead of merely saying 'I felt...', or words with a similar meaning, metaphors give instant impact to what you are saying.

 

Happiness

Standard: It felt as though the sun was shining in my direction

Technique **It felt as though** The sun was shining in my direction 

 

Sadness

Standard: It was like darkness was covering my life

Technique: **It was like** Darkness was covering my life

 

Repetition

 

Repetition is another example of emphasises. Repeating is a rhetorical device, and stresses the point to the reader. It simply gives what the character is feeling, or thinking, more exaggeration.

 

Happiness

Standard: I was so lucky.

Technique: I was so lucky. Lucky, lucky, lucky!

 

Sadness

Standard: How could he?

Technique:  How could he? How could he? How could he?

 

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Now I have got my enhanced sentences, lets put them together, and compare them to what they would be without using techniques.

 

Happiness

Standard: I walked along the path.It felt as though the sun was shining in my direction. I was so lucky.

Technique:  I walked along the path, pausing to pick some flowers. The sun was shining in my direction. I was so lucky. Lucky, lucky, lucky!

 

Sadness

Standard: I sat on the sofa. It was like darkness was covering my life. How could he?

Technique: I sat on the sofa, and buried my face in the cushion. Darkness was covering my life.How could he? How could he? How could he?

 

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Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you next time you need to demonstrate how your character is feeling. Don't forget to comment if you have a suggestion for a section!

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