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One Year Anniversary: Win a free WritAnon t-shirt!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

1 year ago today, on June 16, WritAnon was officially launched. In recognition of this milestone, we will be giving away 10 WritAnon t-shirts.

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  • tweet “Free t-shirt contest @WritAnon!   http://bit.ly/9tDp7L”

The rules:
We will total up all of the entries and randomly draw winners from the pool of valid entries. The first person to respond will also win a free WritAnon pen!

The fine print: Entries must be received before 11:59PM CST on June 23. Entrants must be 18 years or older and legal residents of the United States. Limit 1 t-shirt per household.  Prizes will only be sent to US addresses. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.  Not responsible for lost or misdirected email. If you do not reply to our email or Twitter within 3 days, we will give your prize to someone else.

Submitted emails will only be used for this contest.

Tricolons and Antithesis

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the concepts of repetition to create more effective arguments and impassioned speeches in my stories.

Two of these repetitive methods are called tricolons and antithesis.

Tricolons where the same phrase structure is used three times in equal, growing, or shrinking fashion to hammer home a point.

Some examples of tricolons are:

  • Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered.) – Julius Caesar
  • I would not eat them here or there.
    I would not eat them anywhere.
    I would not eat green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.  – Dr. Seuss
  • “… that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – the US Declaration of Independence

Using these same structures can help you to create something that draws your reader’s interest, such as:

  • You must crawl before you walk, walk before you run, and run before you leap.
  • Start small, start early, and start now.
  • I fell down on my luck, fell on the couch, and fell asleep.

Antithesis, on the other hand, works a bit differently.  Instead of simply repeating the same structures, you use contrast to make your point.

A few examples:

  • Many will enter, few will win. – virtually every radio contest
  • Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy
  • If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of progress? – Author unknown

You can then use these same structures to create something interesting in your own stories.

  • So many arrows, so little time.
  • Don’t hide away from your fears; fear that which you hide.

What examples of tricolons and antithesis have you used in your writing?

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