“You can make anything by writing” -C.S. Lewis
Is your writing bland and flavourless?
Do you want to ‘spice up’ your fiction?
These non-fiction techniques will ‘put the kick back in the chili’:
The opening paragraph is an example of a hook. It looks to draw the reader in and create an enticing beginning to the text. Powerfully, it has the ability to draw us in if something is of interest to us or intrigues us.
Journalists may use this technique to create an atmosphere and make readers view their work.
Emotive Language –
It is important that a writer connects with a reader in both non-fiction and fiction texts:
Emotive language allows the work to convey a deeper meaning and evoke emotion. This allows a connenction to be made and a message sent across in the way an author wants: perhaps they may be provoking sympathy or trying to antagonise a reader.
‘The innocent man suffered greatly, being a bystander at the dastardly scene.’
Tone of Voice –
Tone of voice may add to a text in a number of ways:
Firstly, it may give individuality to someone’s work (s). A tone of voice shapes the reader an identity, making them stand out from others.
In her work Kate Tempest uses a slang writing style, similar to the idea she may be talking about.
Secondly, tone of voice, even in a suttle manner may impact someone’s ‘taking’ to the text. If someone’s tone is interesting and unique it may make the reader want to carry on with the text.
Thank you for reading this presentation on non-fiction literary techniques. In the future I would like to write similar posts and create a bank of many different formal, informal, fiction and non-fiction techniques.
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