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Thursday, June 24, 2010

More Author Insight: Literary Devices

What is your favorite literary device?

"I'm not a fan of cliffhanger endings. If any are in my books, they are not on purpose. LOL. I love using humor, especially during serious moments. Because in life, I am one of those people who in crisis, can make everyone laugh. And my characters usually do the same." - Suzanne Young, author of The Naughty List.

"Rhymes. Can’t often put them in novels, though." - Jessica Leader, author of Nice and Mean.

"Foreshadowing. I love writing and reading stories with little hints dropped along the way that come together in the end so you want to immediately go back to the beginning of the book and see where the clues were hiding all along!" - Dawn Metcalf, author of Skin & Bones.

"I LOVE FORESHADOWING. I do it WAY TOO MUCH in first drafts, and almost always have to trim it back so I don’t give the entire book away in the first fifty pages. It’s definitely something you need to sprinkle through your story with a light touch, but it’s almost always very powerful." - Alexandra Bracken, author of Brightly Woven.

"Cliffhanger. But it doesn’t always work. For instance in the first chapter of Island Sting. Right away Kenzie falls off the “cliff”. No hanging." - Bonnie Doerr, author of Island Sting.

"I love when a word has multiple meanings, and all of them work on some level in the scene at hand. That’s probably related to my liking for symbolism." - Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year.

"Definitely parallel construction." - Janet Fox, author of Faithful.

"Is there a phrase for "likes to revisit the same scene over and over again, layering in new bits of information"? In my head, I call them mirror scenes... for instance, over the course of the trilogy, the reader sees multiple interpretations as to how Bertie came to live at the theater, each of them slightly different." - Lisa Mantchev, author of the Theater Illuminata series.

"I'm overfond of assonance and repetition." - Saundra Mitchell, author of Shadowed Summer.

"I love foreshadowing and am trying very hard in my WIP to figure out how to use it gently, giving the reader just enough, but not too much." - Shari Maurer, author of Change of Heart.

"I would have to say alliteration is my favorite literary device because it’s wildly wacky and wonderful." - Riley Carney, author of The Fire Stone.

"Probably the flashback/flash forward. Always shakes things up a bit. That or starting in medias res." - Steph Bowe, author of Girl Saves Boy.

"I love a cliffhanger ending! One of my favorite things about reading is not being able to put the book down, and a cliffhanger ending to a chapter is one of the best ways to keep me reading." - Kristina McBride, author of The Tension of Opposites.

"Nothing in writing is a device for me. Honestly, I just don't think about things that much! For me every story already exists somewhere. It's just my job to channel it accurately." - Michelle Zink, author of Prophecy of Sisters.

"I think mine would be personification - giving human human characteristics to a non-living object." - Lisa Schroeder, author of Chasing Brooklyn.

"Agonizing choices, with no good answers on either side. Ah, conflict." - Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron King.

"METAPHOR! It's the yeast that makes my stories rise." -Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic.

Be sure to come back Tuesday to see who hears the music when they write and who thinks silence is golden.

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