Tag: literal and figurative language


Nine Idioms Traced To Their Origins

We use idioms all the time — after all, these phrases came into use because their figurative meanings can really make a point. But the origins of many common idioms are not easy to guess.
truth and narrative

Truth and Narrative: The Two Timelines Of Your Story

The truth and narrative of your story — also known as fabula and syuzhet — work in tandem to provide a satisfying read.

Words That Carry Maximum Weight: Tropes In Storytelling

Tropes — cultural references or recurrent themes imbued with shared meaning — can be a staple of storytelling (and a potential path to cliché).
jewel words

Jewel words, crux and flavor words, and everything in between

Jewel words are those beautiful words glistening inside a piece of larger text. Along with crux and flavor words, they serve your story and distinguish your writing voice.
literal and figurative language

Literal And Figurative Language In Your Writing

The balance of literal and figurative language in a book can dramatically influence a reader’s experience. What does the literal/figurative language map look like in yours?


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