Improve Your Writing: Alliteration

“Busy bees buzz brightly.” “Sally sells seashells by the seashore.” “Cats can create catastrophes constantly.” These sentences use alliteration. Alliteration is a literary device in which the writer repeatedly uses words that start with the same sound. That’s why alliteration makes for really great tongue twisters—alliterated passages are so hard to enunciate! Alliteration can be…

Writer’s Block: Go to the Movies!

Let’s say you have an idea for a story, but you still can’t seem to put pen to paper. Try going to the movies! No, not actually leaving your house and catching the latest blockbuster (although you can do that too, “for inspiration.”) Note if you don’t have an idea for a story yet, don’t…

Improve Your Writing: Metaphor

Like simile, metaphor is a literary device that references another thing in order to tell you something about an object or idea. As we mentioned, simile compares two things using words such as like or as. Metaphor, however, equates two things, using the words is and are. Take, for instance, the example we gave in…

How to Write: Song Lyrics

I’ve never thought about song writing as a weapon. I’ve only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up. — Taylor Swift So you listen to music all day, every day and you want to try your hand at writing a song…

Improve Your Work: Personification

Have you ever heard someone say, “Shhh, the walls have ears!” Huh? That sounds like one creepy house, right? Just kidding! This doesn’t mean the walls literally have ears; rather, it’s an example of personification, or giving an inanimate object human qualities. One of the most popular uses for personification is in poetry. Lots of…