Writing Device: Anadiplosis

Anadiplosis

The term anadiplosis is a Greek word which means “to reduplicate”. It refers to the repetition of a word or words in successive clauses in such a way that the second clause starts with the same word which marks the end of the previous clause.

WHAT?

Simply put, all this means is that you use a word or word-set in a repetitive matter immediately following the first part.

This is Anne’s example of anadiplosis in writing, in writing that can be strengthened, strengthened by using such devices.

I like to use it when I want to have a character make a powerful speech or get his or her point across in a moving way. This is one that can be overused, though, so be sure to monitor your repetition in your manuscript.


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Still Have a Blank Page?

Emily Harstone advises this Writing Prompt: The 3 Minute Warm Up to help boost your writing muscles. You’ll need a timer and a blank page or screen, and the ability to type or a writing utensil. That’s it.

This is one I’ve tried personally, just for fun, and I find it useful. It gave me exactly what I needed to start a new short story for Camp NaNoWriMo. By the way, that’s going really well for me this month. Hopefully it’ll start a whole new series of short stories!

Give this one a try if you need to get the blank page to go away. Who knows? You might wind up creating a whole new world for yourself and your readers, in just three minutes.

Keep writing. Don’t give up.


This short post was brought to you by Anne Hogue-Boucher, writer and editor, and Leader of Primates Against Pants. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

» 8 Reasons Why Writing Is The Best Thing Ever

I have to share this article from Authors Publish:  8 Reasons Why Writing Is The Best Thing Ever. Mainly because I agree with it, but as usual, I have my own commentary on it.

By the way, if you’re a writer and you haven’t signed up for Authors Publish, you need to go do that now. I’ll wait.

Okay, ready?

Mainly, I want to point out Chantelle Atkins’s first point about how you’re always getting better. In some ways, I think it’s the truth. When you write, you practice, and when you practice, you tend towards growth.

BUT

Only if you get good feedback.

Sure, it’s nice to have the pat on the back and the reassurance that your writing is good. We all love that. But constructive feedback on your writing isn’t hurtful if you use it as a tool for growth.

Useless feedback includes saying your writing sucks or someone didn’t like it. You can toss that right in the garbage. It’s not going to help you grow because both points are based entirely on opinion.

However, if someone tells you that you use too many adverbs, then that’s sound advice. You can go back and see that your writing uses adverbs too often and fix it. The next time you work on a piece, you may be less likely to use adverbs to much. That means you grew, and your writing improved.

So keep growing as a writer, and don’t give up. If you’re looking for honest feedback on your latest work, you can always hit me up for professional services. I’m happy to help.


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