Author’s Corner: Creating Fresh Metaphors

I talked the last time about the main types of metaphor. Now, as promised, I will try to provide some help creating fresh ones, and give an indication of where best to place them in your work Tip 1: Avoid clichés As for spotting clichéd language, you can use the advice of George Orwell: “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” Most people can pick out a dead metaphor but it is possible to miss some. Tip 2: Change a cliché into a … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: How to Get the Most from Your Metaphors

Metaphors What are they, and when is the best time to deploy them? What should you avoid at all costs? Metaphors are, and will likely always be, a major pillar of most fiction. Used to liven up descriptive writing, metaphors are primarily a comparison tool. Along with similes, they make up most of our well-known ‘figure of speech’ idioms. However, where a simile uses “like a …” or “as a …” – for example, her eyes sparkled like jewels – metaphors are a way of describing an emotion, … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: What is an Allusion?

What is an Allusion? I talked in my last column about allusions in dialogue being one of the questions I get quite often. An allusion is a reference within your work to another work: a book, a film, a piece of artwork, a known quotation, or even a real event. They’re often used to summarize complex ideas in one quick, powerful image, getting your point across without lengthy paragraphs of description. Think of it as a kind of shorthand that provides greater meaning to what you’re … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: What’s the Best Way to Write?

I get many questions about the best way to write. I always answer that by admonishing the asker to read, read, read. I can never say that enough. The best way to learn how to write is to read … anything and everything. Read every time you’re waiting somewhere … when you’re sitting in the doctor’s office … when you’re trying to fall asleep. Immerse your brain in words all day long. The variety will give your own work more depth. Read things you like repeatedly. The second time through, try … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: Questions and Answers

Q & A with R.L. Herron I thought I would try to answer some of the many questions I get about writing. With your permission, I’ll get right into it. What’s your typical writing day like? I try to write at least 1,000 words a day, but life has a funny way of telling you what you need to do at any given moment. It often doesn’t include writing at all. How do you plan your writing? I’m not the kind of writer who starts with an outline, if that’s what you mean. I know there are … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Author’s Corner

Author’s Corner Introduction By R.L. Herron Ask anyone who is retired if they’d like to go back to their youth, and some would jump at the chance. However, I think most would emphatically decline … and a few might actually shudder. Why? Despite our glorification of it, youth is often a time full of worries: school; career; relationships; money; kids. A period with no idea of who we are, or what we really want in life. Most of the time we’re winging it, doing our best to … [Read more...]