Literary devices
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There were several literary devices that I relied on when writing “White-shine from Appalachia,” which is featured in Past Present and Promises. Conflict is quite evident in this story. Readers could become very frustrated while waiting for the primary characters to resolve their personal issues; however, conflict is very useful to building suspense or ‘climax’ to a story.
There are two types of conflicts occurring in “White-shine from Appalachia” First, there is the internal conflict with characters. There is at least one character in the story struggling with ‘self’ and the decisions that need to be made. The second conflict deals with the external factors.  These external conflicts can be as simple as good versus evil or Man versus an institution. You get the idea.
Another literary device that I implemented was imagery.
When I am writing, I try to paint a picture of the setting, so much so that it will provoke the reader’s senses. Consider Emerson and Robert Frost (writers from different time periods and genres) and their writings; I want the reader to visualize themselves as if they were actually observing the characters as the action unfolds right in front of them.
There are many elements that go into writing a story and hopefully all of those components will fall together and make a piece half way tolerable to read.
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  • Patricia H Graham

    I will let my readers in on a little secret: The first story parrallels my life and people will find it shocking when they read it.