Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.
There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:
Person vs. Fate/God
Example – Slaughterhouse Five
Person vs. Self
Example – A Separate Peace
Person vs. Person
Example – Les Misérables
Person vs. Society
Example – To Kill a Mockingbird
Person vs. Nature
Example – Moby Dick
Person vs. Supernatural
Example – The Odyssey
Person vs. Technology
Example – The Terminator
Being a passionate fan of the written word, there are few things that tick me off more than plagiarism. It is essentially theft and the lowest of the low in terms of academic dishonestly. But with that being said, there is one big problem that by it’s very nature keeps growing with each and every paper written.
People can and do accidentally plagiarize.
It’s been stated that there are really no original ideas just original was of stating them. So, as much as some people may try, there is bound to be some overlap between content on occasion. And, with more and more content coming out each year, the chances for overlap increases.
My view is to always use your own words and if somehow they overlap, the differences in the majority of the writing will be obvious enough that any reasonable individual will realize it was not intentional and thus not plagiarism.
If you’ve never heard the terms “Blackout Poetry,” this post has something cool in store for you.
No, Blackout Poetry doesn’t have anything to do with drunkenness as the sillier readers might have assumed. It’s all about a process that sounds simple but is actually quite complex.
As the artist that goes by Inducto calls it, the idea is to black out pages of text leaving only specific terms and phrases that create a new story.
Check out some of her work on Patreon and in the pictures here:
At one moment split
At another I’m whole
While an ongoing battle
Rages in my soul
Is this too much for me?
I sometimes think so
But at others the fight in me
Screams out “hell no”
It’s a torture of sorts
A test, this is sure
But one I must face
For relief to secure
Now knowing all this
What do I do from here?
I do not run from the world
But rather destroy my fear
To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.
One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto” which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”
Check it out when you have a chance.
As a person who loves the craft of the written word, one of the silly yet effective tools that I enjoy is the double entendre.
The standard way to define this is:
A literary device that can be defined as a phrase or a figure of speech that might have multiple senses, interpretations or two different meanings or that could be understood in two different ways.
Oxford Dictionary says, “it “conveys an indelicate meaning”. The first meaning in double entendre is usually straightforward while the second meaning is ironic, risqué or inappropriate.”
Here are some examples. perhaps you can comment some of yours. Just a note of advice, the last one is a bit dirty.
A new weight-loss study requires a larger sample group.
Criminals get nine months in violin case
In the land of pencils, Number 2 is Number One.
I know my computer loves me; it’s always going down.
Who doesn’t like a good pun? As a literary tool, they are hard to beat. So, here are a few I thought I would post and if you’ve got any of your own please comment.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
A horse is a very stable animal.
An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.
You can’t lose picking a sherbet for dessert.
Energizer Bunny arrested — charged with battery.