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There are three little secrets that can greatly improve the flow of any piece and spice up any writer's style INSTANTLY.

It's that effective!

Yet, you'd never know that a writer was using these techniques because the effect is so subtle you enjoy it without noticing. I guarantee you that if you start using these three closely related literary devices, you'll find it will perk up your work and liven your style without taking away from your originality.

Okay, enough already; what's the secret?

Consonance, assonance, and alliteration.

That's right, the stuff your high school English teacher taught that you never heard about ever again. THAT consonance, assonance, and alliteration.

Let's do a quick review:

Consonance - correspondence or recurrence of sounds especially in words ; specifically : recurrence or repetition of consonants especially at the end of stressed syllables without the similar correspondence of vowels (as in the final sounds of “stroke” and “luck”).

Assonance - repetition of vowels without repetition of consonants (as in stony and holy) used as an alternative to rhyme in verse.

- the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as wild and woolly, threatening throngs) —called also head rhyme initial rhyme.

Remember them now? Applying sound to sense in writing helps to give a composition life, even if it isn't a piece of creative writing. Sometimes we have to write about boring stuff, so what do you do to make it more bearable? Tell jokes? Use inappropriate vernacular or an unfamiliar tone?

Of course not! So, what do you do?

You turn to subtle literary devices like consonance, assonance, and alliteration to help brighten up your rainy writ. Just go back and read through this post again, looking out for the consonance, assonance, and alliteration.

Didn't notice that before, did you?

It's cool, and it works. Now leave a comment and get some practice in!

To your continued success,

I.C. Jackson


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