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A Quick Refresher in Figures of Speech, Part 2: Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is the process of capturing sound effects in your writing. (In case you’re wondering, the word is pronounced onno-motto-pee-uh). When you drag your fingernails down a chalkboard, what sound do you hear? is it a screeeee, a  clink, or a sploosh? If you chose screeeee you win a cookie. “She dragged her fingernails down the chalkboard and the screeeee caused the entire class to cringe …

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A Quick Refresher in Figures of Speech, Part 1: Similes and Metaphors

Figures of speech are ways of putting together words or phrases to tell a story more vibrantly and vividly, like painting a picture with words. If you wish your reader to taste, feel, smell, and hear the scenes you’re describing, figures of speech are indispensable, as otherwise the storytelling falls flat and feels lifeless. Breathe life …

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