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Going the Distance: Exploring the Extended Metaphor (Part 1 of 3)

Are poems parables? Can they expand by unraveling a single image? The answer on both counts is yes! But, wait! We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before we can understand how the extended metaphor serves to thread the reader through its poem, we must first define metaphor, extended metaphor, tenor and vehicle in order to establish…

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Say It Ain’t So!

Give Your Writer Resources: Article Two No matter your message, no matter how beautiful your language and style, if your editors can’t make sense of what you are writing, you’ll most likely never be published. Even if you bypass editors and self-publish, your readers must understand your stories. And even more important, you want to…

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Filet Mignon or Fish Fillet? How to Know What You’re Worth

One question that a freelancer frequently grapples with is: “how much should I be paid?” It’s a legitimate question; one that involves multiple factors. Of course you don’t want to ask for too much money; the client may decide to hire someone else if a salary demand is unreasonable. On the other hand, you definitely…

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A Place I’ve Never Lived Before

When I take that curvy part of Interstate 40 between Asheville and Hickory, North Carolina, deep breathes come easily. The stiffness in my neck releases and relaxes. The ‘important’ issues in my life lose their power. The mighty spruce trees reaching for the sky quiet my racing thoughts. The land all around belongs to me,…

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