The fisherman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Charles Dickens said “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

This is what I found on Wikipedia about Contrast in literature, by the way very interesting:

In literature, an author writes contrast when he or she describes the difference(s) between two or more entities.

Contrast is the antonym of simile. In poetic compositions, it is common for poets to set out an elaborate contrast or elaborate simile as the argument. In Renaissance poetry, and particularly in sonnets, the contrast was similarly used as a poetic argument. In such verse, the entire poem argues that two seemingly alike or identical items are, in fact, quite separate and paradoxically different. These may take the form of ‘my love is unlike all other women’ or ‘I am unlike her other loves.’

If you are interested in using, or practicing, contrast in your poetry, you might like to read this article “Contrast as a Method of Developing Poetry”. At the end of it you will find an exercise. Enjoy!

Ten Minutes to Fulfilling Your Writing Dreams

A.R. Román:

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A question to motivate through the blog “Live to write – Write to live”, that will make you rethink when you say I have no time to write. For me I will stop giving excuses. Enjoy this reblog!

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

{Guest post from Beth Bader}

I left my dream of writing idle for years when I had the time to pursue it. The longer I waited to try, the easier it was to bury myself in the pursuit of making a living. Sometimes you have to completely lose yourself before you find out what parts of you matter most. That lowest point occurred, ironically, at what was also the happiest moment of my life — becoming a mom.

My little girl had acid reflux. For her it meant a lot of pain, especially when lying down to sleep. For me, it meant not sleeping for more than an hour at a time for months on end. After four months of sleep deprivation and daily hours of consoling an infant in pain wore on me, I slipped into post-partum depression and total exhaustion.

When -taking a shower still seemed like a…

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