Somewhere in the vast sea of informational writing, we have lost the beauty of creative writing. Perhaps this is because of our need to know and need to do world, one with no desire for the lyrical and sensual writing we find so intoxicating in fiction.
I myself have a hard time composing articles that are absent of these creative elements because I know that often it is the pure sound and language of the writing that pulls readers in, not the topic itself.
And yes, there will be editors who tell you to weed poetic devices out of an article, but I truly believe that in many cases, these elements can elevate your writing if you learn how to use them effectively. …
There are many lessons that people can learn to improve their writing. But I believe that the writer’s first lesson should concern the use of words themselves. After all, a writer’s message can be great, but the words themselves act as a magnet, encouraging the reader to read long enough to actually absorb the message that the writer is trying to get across.
For example, I have recently been teaching my students about the use of figurative language and how devices such as simile, metaphor, and the like can be used to enhance their writing. They seem to grasp most of these techniques easily, but for some reason, the concept of imagery leaves them baffled. …
I consider myself a strong woman. I am successful at my job. I work hard on achieving my goals, and to the outer world, I might seem like one of the
“lucky ones” to have both discipline and confidence.
But they don’t see the ugly mess I am at home.
Home is my safe place, thanks to a husband that allows me to be myself, cry ugly tears, and let the walls come crumbling down for a while. He comforts me when I feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a full-time teacher and semi-single mother (he works twelve hours shifts which leave me alone with my children most days). …