Making Good Use of Literary Devices

Literary Devices

― Lauren F. Winner on literary devices, author of Girl Meets God

I think is one of the most delightful resources on the planet. Oh, my gosh. It’s like a candy store for writers.

The “What Are Literary Devices?” page breaks down literary elements vs. literary techniques, and I quote:

Literary Elements have an inherent existence in literary piece and are extensively employed by writers to develop a literary piece e.g. plot, setting, narrative structure, characters, mood, theme, moral etc. Writers simply cannot create his desired work without including Literary Elements in a thoroughly professional manner.

Literary Techniques, on the contrary, are structures usually a word s or phrases in literary texts that writers employ to achieve not merely artistic ends but also readers a greater understanding and appreciation of their literary works. Examples are:  metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, allegory etc. In contrast to Literary Elements, Literary Techniques are not unavoidable aspect of literary works.

The Literary Devices Site — a Continuing Education Opportunity

Writers absolutely must be lifelong learners — we can’t rest on our laurels or assume that what we learned in college suffices in today’s literary market. Therefore, why not study the Literary Devices website? It’s huge! I think this is a great way to hone skills, but more importantly, be inspired during writing projects.

As a ghostwriter and book editor, sites like this nudge me to dig a little deeper and elevate my wordsmithing efforts. Even after spending thirty-five years in the world of words, this website helps a lot.

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― Paul Carvel

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