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How Codes and Conventions Affect Mood

#WritingTips Creating mood and atmosphere with your writing is more than just using words. And a fine example of how we can create mood and atmosphere is this Canadian song.… If you don't know French listen to the song and decide whether the words are scary. If you know French, still listen to the song and consider that though the words are not scary, the mood and atmosphere is. How did the songwriter achieve this? Well, he used codes and conventions of music that translate into our minds as scary. Writers use codes and conventions of the genre and form in which they are writing. Codes are things that create meaning like symbols, images, and sound and lighting. Conventions are the parts that are normally found in that form. It's how we partner passages with other words or hints to other texts, or how we use the sound of words to create the effect. These are literary devices. Can we do this naturally?  Sure. If you're a great reader, you have an…

#BookMarketing: Finding Keywords for your Amazon Book

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Writing Tips: Using Comparisons to Affect Mood

#WRITINGTIPS: Carefully choose your comparisons to support the mood of your passage.

In this quote from "The Captive Series Bundle (Books 1-5)"  by Erica Stevens and Leslie Mitchell - the authors have sacrificed the atmosphere of a battle scene by using comparisons the reader usually associates with positive situations.

Running across the top of the battlement, Ashby moved swiftly through the soldiers trying to stop him. Ever whistling Ashby continued to toss them aside like discarded peanut shells. Realization settled over him as Jack finally understood what caused Ashby to become so ruthless. Melinda.
How to Write it Better First, consider the mood you are trying to create. In this featured passage from "The Captive Series": The situation is "war"The setting is a "battlement"The character is "ruthless"The action is "tossing soldiers aside" Based on the above information about this scene, it would be appropriate to go for a &q…