Language Device – Alliteration

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Alliteration is one of those fun language devices that get things moving, and if they are done in such a way they can make a powerful and memorable impression on the mind and emotions.

Here is an excerpt from Trankarri – The Boy with a Magical Pen.

After a dreary discussion dealing with derivatives and debating decimals, during which they descended into a discourse of diabolical deductions, which disclosed the determination of both delinquents and their detailed distractions about fractions and abstractions and how it relates to decoding long division, Nathaniel became desperately despondent and decided to discontinue the dissonance he was discerning by declaring above their dissension: “Hey guys, have you seen any black birds flying around?”

This sentence took me about a month to craft. And it will serve a greater purpose as the series goes on, which I cannot unveil at this time.

“A month to write a sentence? Are you kidding me. We live in an age where everything is instant. I could have written a whole novel in a month,” someone declared.

A month meaning I pondered over it for about a month and wrote it and rewrote it several times. It was important to me to have this in there because it emphasizes how crazy and absurd the two characters are that are described here. I said so much in just one sentence and did not have to write pages and pages of description. This pretty much sums them up.

Not only that, this was my chance to use a literary devise that has long been overlooked in this age of commercial fiction. And it was a complete blast coming up with it.

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