With a plethora of literature at hand, it’s hard to stay original. It’s easy to fall into the tried and true. I sometimes find myself being overcritical of a book that I would have enjoyed without much thought a few years ago (before I picked up the pen myself). I sort of miss those days. Now there are certain literary devices which stand out to me as I read a story. I don’t mean cliché plotlines, I’m talking about small things. They’re not bad or wrong in any way, I just see them often and wonder if they could have been done differently.
Here are two I notice frequently:
- The main character is lost in expository thought and the other character who’s present has to snap their fingers in front of the MC’s face and say, “Hellooooo! Earth to so-and-so. Are you in there?” (It’s the finger snapping that gets me.)
- A character thinks something in their head and another character responds, making the first character blush and realize they accidentally said it out loud. (I see this so much that I wonder if it happens to a lot of people in real life? It’s never happened to me. You?)
Are there certain literary devices which stand out to you while you read a book, or am I just a weirdo for noticing? (Don’t answer that.) Or how about nifty devices that you use (or avoid) as you write?