Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Making Prose "Fresh"

We all know we need to use fresh language, but what does "fresh" mean? A definition is tough, because what's fresh to one is trite to another, wordy or even stale. But Margie Lawson suggests the following techniques.
  • Double dipping with senses
  • Echoes
  • Cadence
  • Fresh voice – extraordinary description
  • Personification
  • Universal emotion – visceral reactions
  • Eliminate the setup/Internalization—jump right in
  • Alliteration […that works]
  • High stakes
  • Rhetorical devices [similes, metaphors, …]
  • Power Words
What would you add?

Write Every Day!

Regards,
Mac

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