In my writing nuggets, Ron Rozelle tells us aspiring novelists that a metaphor is an implied analogy - it suggests a similarity without actually saying that the simialirty exists. It makes your reader think of a thing or an action that is not the thing or the action that you are describing.
What is a semicolon? And how do you as a novelist use it in your writing? In my topic on nuggets of writing advice, Ron Rozelle in his book on Description and Setting explains that while colons can be used in several ways, semicolons have only one function. But, according to Ron, it’s a very important function. They connect two otherwise complete sentences without resorting to conjunctions like ‘and’ or ‘then’, thus letting you avoid two unforgiveable offenses:
I love my job! I review craft of fiction books within the writing reference guides feature. I was sent some books for novelists to learn how to write good fiction by Writer's Digest Books and reviewed three essential topics for aspiring novelists:
In Gloria Kempton's writing reference guide on writing Dialogue, she tells us novelists that dialogue is an accelerator. The faster you get your fictional people talking, the faster the scene moves. Cutting out any narrative or action sentences not needed will speed up your story. And she advises that you cut out any speech tags so your dialogue is at bare bones.
A Writer's Guide to the Zodiac: How the Stars Can Help You Understand Your Characters. This book is a MUST for all authors, novelists, writers, aspiring writers and self published writers!
Astrology offers writers a powerful tool - a means by which to get to know the characters in any story - how they feel, think, and what motivates them.
As the individual energies associated with the star signs are explored, each character comes alive and their destiny is revealed.
When creating dialogue for your characters Gloria Kempton in her book called Dialogue, tells aspiring novelists how to set the pace with dialogue, how to inject emotion into characters' dialogue and how to heighten the tension, also using dialogue.
Setting a mood and conveying the characters emotions through dialogue is one of the most effective ways to bring your story to life on the page. Creating dialogue that is full of a character’s fear, sadness or joy is the stuff that moves readers so that they engage with your character on an emotional level.
Ron Rozelle tells us novelists that foreshadowing gives the reader a clue – a taste of what is to come – like a formation of geese ahead of an approaching cold front. Listen to the first sentence Ron gives us about foreshadowing a novel from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones:
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.
Ron says that the word that is packed with foreshadowing is the verb was. Why, most readers will want to know, isn’t her name still Susie Salmon? The very next sentence answers that:
Think of Scarlett O’ Hara from Gone With The Wind or Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. They never ever lived and they’ll never die. Yet Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee made their characters so believable they became immortal.
In our special featured series on building fictional characters we are building a reference so you can create characters who think, love, hope, cry, feel pain and even inflict pain.
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In Description and Setting, Ron Rozelle gives us a few nuggets of writing advice. Check the review I did on his book in the Write Great Fiction series with Readers Digest. Personally, I don’t use colons much in my own writing, but Ron suggests that whenever you do use a colon, you’re settting up your read for something: