Don’t Be Traditional

Literary techniques are a major part of a writer’s style.

Imagery, for example, has become a very important part of establishing a writer’s style. It can be a very helpful tool when it comes to immersing the reader in a piece of writing. It allows writers to create a reality outside reality; a mental reality, if you will.

When you think about imagery, more often than not it brings forth thoughts of poetry and prose, as that is where it is most often used. But imagery can be used in nonfictional pieces like essays, interviews, and profiles. It adds descriptions that help convey an idea or, more commonly, a scene. It’s not a stylistic strategy that should be limited to creative writing. It can turn an otherwise dull and unimaginative piece into something more interesting, whether it’s nonfictional or not.

Symbolism is another technique that allows a piece to develop a deeper meaning. It adds another layer to literature. It’s a unique tool that a writer can use to get a meaning across without explicitly stating it.

Personification and irony also contribute to style. Personification adds creativity while irony forces the reader to think. The way the writer uses these techniques and applies them to their pieces can really help develop tone, style, and voice.

One thought on “Don’t Be Traditional

  1. chadprom April 22, 2015 / 12:44 am

    I think often times students marry the ideas of imagery and fiction. Like you mentioned, this is just not the case. There are plenty of fiction works that include a great deal of imagery. Many historical nonfiction works employ a great deal of imagery. I read “Lone Survivor” in high school which is nonfiction and there was an abundance of imagery in the book. Without it, the book would not have left the impression that it did.


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