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The Evil Magician

Writing Tip: First Person Point of View

You can tell a story written in the first person because the main character is telling the story, and refers to himself or herself as “I.” This can make the action in a story seem more intense and exciting.

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Summer Night in Aspen

Writing Tip: Free Verse Poetry

‘Free Verse’ poetry is a type of poetry that doesn’t rhyme or use a certain meter (rhythm), but you can tell it is poetry. Usually, it has lines like a poem, each line starting with a capital letter.

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Writing Tip: How to Write a Book Review

The best book reviews, in addition to addressing scope and literary elements, also offer opinions and insights about a book.

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Detail from Beach Imagery Poem

Writing Tip: Imagery in Poetry

Using “imagery” in poetry means that the author uses words that make the reader understand the subject of the poem with five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Imagery in a poem does not have to include all of the five senses, but when a reader can picture what an object, place, or event …

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How Tsunamis Came to Be

Writing Tip: Pourquoi Tales

“Pourquoi” means “why” in French. A pourquoi tale is a type of folk tale explaining how or why something is the way it is, especially in nature.

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The Old Fashioned Typewriter

Writing Tip: Using a Thesaurus

For example, if you find yourself using the word ‘said’ after each of your characters speaks, look up the word ‘say’ in a thesaurus to find some synonyms: speak, tell, declare, state, exclaim, express, remark, comment, mention, utter…

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