Introduction to the Elements of Good Creative Writing The novelist Andre Dubus III said in an online interview with Random House: I think what I love most [about writing] is that feeling that you really nailed something. I rarely feel it ...
Practice with Metaphor and Simile In a metaphor, the writer compares two unalike things to refresh our experience of the first. "My desk is my spaceship," a grade-schooler says, and we know something about his imagination and spirit. "When I soak in ...
Onomatopoeia The term onomatopoeia comes from the Greek for "word-making." It means the employment of one or more words to imitate, echo, or suggest the sound of the thing or action described. Such words include bang, click, fizz, hush, buzz, moo, quack, ...
Vary Sentence Length and Subject-Verb Positions; Use Parallel Construction Here is a passage from my memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief. With the box of Seth's ashes by my feet on the passenger side of the ...
Keep Yourself Writing One way to build up enthusiasm for developing drafts is to gather first-reader response. But there is a trick to gathering responses that help you as a writer. Author is the root of "authority." Never forget it. People's responses ...