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Onomatopoeia

Today’s creative writing tip comes from our Monthly Programme – we have been talking about various literary devices to embellish our stories and give them a bit of added interest and engagement.

One of the devices we have been looking at is onomatopoeia. This is any word that sounds like it means. Here are some common examples:

tiger roaring

tap

baa

growl

sizzle

boom

honk

ting-a-ling

roar

There are lots more!

With just a word, you can take your readers to the sounds and smells of your story, as well as the action! Cool, huh? Why not give it a try? 🙂

Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

 

Love to you all,

Janet

 

Rambling

south downs Do you remember when a walk or a hike in the countryside was called rambling? Maybe you’re not old enough to remember that term! My sister and I and a group of friends would sometimes go off on a ramble on the South Downs, where we lived… Continue reading →

We All Need A Hero

kittens play fighting We’ve been talking about goodies and baddies over the last few weeks… and here’s another quick tip in the same vein: Make your protagonist the good guy, not the one who regularly does the bad deeds. You don’t want your readers feeling sorry for the other characters, who… Continue reading →

Terrible Baddies!

moon against a branch Last week we looked at not making our ‘heroes’ too angelic. I didn’t think to say, that we also, of course, shouldn’t make our ‘baddies’ too terrible either! Even the most evil of people… Continue reading →

Flawed Goodies?

angelic little girl Just a quick writing tip this week, but nonetheless it makes an important point. How good are your main characters? You need to make them good enough for us to be rooting for them, but not so … Continue reading →

Important V Urgent

writing a journal Hello again, Christian writer friends, and welcome once again to another creative writing tip. I hope you are enjoying the summer (unless you are reading this in the southern hemisphere, in which case, I hope you are enjoying the winter)! 🙂 This week’s writing tip is a bit more philosophical than most – don’t know … Continue reading →

Write it or Lose it?

writing notes Do you keep a writing journal? When we did the last meet-up course, I provided a notebook for everyone who came, for taking notes, doing writing exercises, and for completing the homework I set. I think they were useful! I have a confession to make… Continue reading →

Fiction is Fiction

child reading with a lion Fiction is fiction – well of course it is! But as writers-for-a-reason, we have to remember that the main reason young people pick up and read a story, is to be entertained. Of course, we write for a reason – that’s why we’re here! But we must make sure that the message we want to […] Continue reading →

Understanding

lonely tree To feel understood by those close to you is a great blessing. If you don’t feel understood by family and friends, you feel a kind of isolation. And you know what Mother Teresa said: “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” Do you remember a time in your life when you didn’t feel understood? When no one knew how you were really feeling? If you… Continue reading →

Panning for Gold

gold nugget Have you ever thought, when you’re writing – I wonder if this is just a waste of time? I know I have! Don’t worry, you have to sift through a lot of muddy water when … Continue reading →