Lesson Eight:

A Question of Style

How figures of speech can make your sentences sing

Different expressions create different impressions.

Way back in Lesson Three we talked about sticky writing and suggested a toolbox of techniques to help make your text tacky (in a good way). In this lesson we delve a little deeper into the mechanics of style with a sprint through the fascinating world of figures of speech.

Let’s start with a quick quiz. What have these three sentences got in common?

Miss Bolo…went straight home in a flood of tears and a sedan chair Dickens in The Pickwick Papers

The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. ...

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