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Write with the Rainbow

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor

 

While it may be fun to switch the font color for each sentence, or scribble with different colored pencils in a writing notebook, that’s not exactly what I mean when I tell you to write with the rainbow. There are a plethora of literary devices that you can use in your writing to make the black and white text seem to pop with vividness. Here are a few of my favorites, so try and write with them!

Imagery

Imagery is essentially details that you add to your story to enrich the reader’s understanding of his or her surroundings. Strong imagery appeals to all of the five senses — include the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and even the taste of your settings. While writing imagery into your pieces, it’s important to not go overboard. Even too much of a good thing is bad. Be precise! Excessive language will make your reader feel as though he or she is wading through a viscous vat of honey to reach your plot.

Personification

Personification is one of my favorite literary devices, and in my opinion, among the most fun. Personification is when a writer gives an inanimate object human qualities. Some examples of personification are “my writing spoke to me” and “the keyboard sang under my fingers.” Writing, in reality, cannot talk, but people can. Similarly, even though the tapping of keys has a certain rhythm to it, keyboards don’t sing. Saying that the writing speaks and keyboards sing therefore makes them seem human. There are endless possibilities when writing with personification, so I encourage you to test it out!

Hyperbole

A hyperbole is an exaggeration used to emphasize a component of your writing, be it setting or a character’s innermost thoughts. Hyperboles help to dramatize what you’re writing, and make the text more interesting for the reader. A famous hyperbole is, “I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse!” This is a hyperbole because even though you may be hungry, most people do not consume entire horses. Instead of being literal, the expression accentuates the point of being hungry by making your hunger seem bigger than it actually is.

Incorporating these literary devices into your writing will add color and increase the reader’s enjoyment. Keep practicing until you have a full rainbow of tools at your disposal!

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