This descriptive writing technique compares one subject to a different subject even though they are not normally related. An example of a simile is, "Linda looks as thin as a toothpick." Metaphor
These are similar to similes, but instead of comparing things they go as far as to say to objects are the same. For example, "Life is a rollercoaster." Rhetorical Question
Rhetorical questions are questions that do not require or expect and answer. They can be used to make the reader think about a point being made in the question. For example," How am I supposed to live without you?" shows the story's love interest, as well as the reader, how strongly the speaker feels. Alliteration
Alliteration is a writing technique commonly used in poetry that links together at least two words by repeating the sound of the first word, which must be a consonant. An example would be, "The waves washed wistfully against the shores." Assonance
Another technique often seen in poetry, assonance is similar to alliteration but repeats vowel sounds instead of consonants. An example of assonance is "The man with the tan was the meanest in the land." Personification
This is a writing technique that gives human characteristics to something non-human, such as a car, animal or plant. Personification helps bring things to life, making them more interesting. For example, "The thunder grumbled like an old man," or "The moon winked at me through the clouds." Onomatopoeia
This writing technique is where a sound is represented by a word, such as "whack," "boing," or "thud." Onomatopoeia is used in all literature but commonly in comic books. An example of onomatopoeia is, "Beep! Beep! The drivers behind were becoming impatient." Emotive Language
Emotive language refers to adjectives and adverbs that are related to emotions. Emotive writing generates a sense of empathy in the reader. An example would be, "Lee was sad after hearing about the death of his grandmother," or "Jane loved the...