The conflict between a protagonist and an antagonist—a story’s two most essential characters—is an age-old storytelling trope. Writers of films, plays, and literary works have a...

Sep 13, 2019

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Syntax is the set of rules that helps readers and writers make sense of sentences. It's also an important tool that writers can use to create various rhetorical or literary effe...

Sep 13, 2019

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Works of fiction are those that tell made up stories. As opposed to the many genres of nonfiction—biography, autobiography, commentary, data analysis, philosophy, history, and o...

Sep 9, 2019

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Rhymes build on two facets of language: the point of emphasis within any given word and the vowel and consonant sounds some words share. Two of the most commonly used types of ...

Sep 9, 2019

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Characters in a novel, short story, play, or film can be either round or flat. A round character is nuanced and well thought-out. They usually play an important role in the stor...

Sep 6, 2019

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Quality magazine writing is one of the most refined forms of prose. Legendary publications like Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and GQ have built a reputation on trenchant, ...

Sep 5, 2019

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When one thinks of iconic magazines, be it Vogue, The New Yorker, or Vanity Fair, one might immediately think about famous authors or prominent subjects of cover stories. But be...

Sep 5, 2019

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Every year, aspiring writers in media capitals like New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington embark on new journeys in the field of publishing. Some wish to be reporters or cr...

Sep 5, 2019

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Word choice is one of the most powerful ways an author can influence readers. This is why denotation—the literal meaning of a word—is so important in writing.

Aug 19, 2019

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