Writing Tip and Prompt: Comparisons

Writing Tip and Prompt: 12/7/2012On Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Comparisons

When writing, you want to make sure you give the best description you possibly can while avoiding the use of double comparisons. Example: He runs “more faster” than I do. “Faster” is already in the comparative degree, so it doesn’t need the word “more” for the reader to understand that you are not as fast as him. Just use “faster” — He runs faster than I do.

Writing Prompt – Imagery

Can you write using imagery? As a writer, you need to be able to describe your book’s characters and scenes in such a way that the reader is able to feel what the characters and scenes look and feel like. Without thinking too much about it, write down either the word “hot” or the word “cold.” Then, next to your selected word write either the word “wet” or the word “dry.” Using the two words you have chosen, write a descriptive piece that attempts to make the reader feel your words.


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