The Four Reasons To Use Dramatic Irony In Your Story →
#The Four Reasons To Use Dramatic Irony In Your Story
When we teach our Writers Write course, we find that people are often unsure about using dramatic irony.
Dramatic Irony - What is it?
Dramatic irony is a story-telling device. It is when you give your reader plot information that the main character doesn’t have until later on in the story. Sometimes you want to keep all the characters in the dark about a major plot point that will only be revealed in the climax.
The Ironic Statement
When using dramatic irony, it should tie in with your theme. The characters must make a statement in the story, through dialogue or action, which throws the absurdity, danger, or emotion of the scene into relief. The dialogue will usually have a changed or opposite meaning. Similarly, the action will be misconstrued in some way, or cause a complication.
Here are the four reasons why you would use dramatic irony in a story, together with four examples, and their ironic statements.
by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
Literary Birthday - 18 July
Happy Birthday, Margaret Laurence, born 18 July 1926, died 5 January 1987
- When I say ‘work’ I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
- This is part of what writers do. They speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.
- People have been saying the novel is dead for a long, long time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still extremely alive. It simply finds new forms.
- I hope that a sense of love does come across. If it does, it’s because what I feel most of all when I’m writing my books is that each individual human being has great value. Each person is unique and irreplaceable. They matter. Of course, that is a very Western world outlook. But it’s profoundly my own
- In a sense writing a novel is a sort of discovery. You know more or less where you’re headed but everything could change in the doing of it. And, you know, you can be very surprised.
Laurence was a Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write
"Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that."
"My favourite part about being a writer is being totally lost inside a story, so immersed that your fictional life overtakes your real one. I love the madness of that, when the story is pouring out and you feel this crazy urgency to get it down before you lose it. It’s totally euphoric, and yes, completely wacko. I also love playing with words, fiddling endlessly. I like to kind of just stare zombie-like at my computer screen for days living inside a particular sentence or scene or section trying to make it better, to bring it to life."
"He liked to read with the silence and the golden colour of the whiskey as his companions. He liked food, people, talk, but reading was an inexhaustible pleasure. What the joys of music were to others, words on a page were to him."
155 Words to Describe an Author's Tone →
#155 Words to Describe an Author's Tone
What is tone?
Tone refers to an author’s use of words and writing style to convey his or her attitude towards a topic. Tone can be defined as what the author feels about the subject. What the reader feels is known as the mood.
Tip: Don’t confuse tone with voice. Voice can be explained as the author’s personality expressed in writing. Tone = Attitude. Voice = Personality.
Tone (attitude) and voice (personality) create a writing style. You may not be able to alter your personality but you can adjust your attitude. This gives you ways to create writing that affects your audience’s mood.
Tone is conveyed through diction (choice and use of words and phrases), viewpoint, syntax (grammar; how you put words and phrases together), and level of formality. It is the way you express yourself in speech or writing.
How do you find the correct tone?
You can usually find a tone by asking these three questions:
- Why am I writing this?
- Who is my intended audience?
- What do I want the reader to learn, understand, or think about?
In formal writing, your tone should be clear, concise, confident, and courteous. The writing level should be sophisticated, but not pretentious.
In creative writing, your tone is more subjective, but you should always aim to communicate clearly. Genre sometimes determines the tone.
Here are 155 Words to Describe an Author’s Tone
by Amanda Patterson