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Literary Devices by Plodi

Originally presented by PLODI

In the two paragraph post, the reader is given a helpful roadmap of how to craft a post, which is essentially how did you react to what happened and what do you do as a result. This is a great basic outline, and it should form the core basis for most PbP posts. So then, the other aspects of the advice section serve to flesh out the outline. But what if the PbP poster wants to spruce up the outline? This is where I would argue that a section on literary devices would be impactful.

[DISCLAIMER]Here are just a couple of the mechanisms I've had the opportunity to use. I do not think that this is an exhaustive list by any means. I've included examples of my attempts to use these same devices. [/DISCLAIMER]

Literary Device Listing...Go!1. The Flashback - Clearly we put a lot of stock in our characters' pasts judging by the backstories that get drawn up in the application phase. A flashback provides an excellent opportunity to create a specific incident in the past that connects with the current situation to drive a character to take certain action. I would argue that in many cases, writing a memory that affects the present is easier than responding to the actual situation, because in the writing of the memory, the poster isn't bound by descriptions of items or events that were created by fellow players.

2. The Vision - Different from the flashback in that we're not discussing a memory but rather an epiphany. I would argue this provides an excellent vehicle for character advancement and development - particularly if the character has just learned a lesson that you want to drive home as part of the posting.

3. The (Inner) Dialogue - Instead of explaining through third person what happened, use the character's inner monologue to describe how the external events have impacted him/her. This allows for a more fulsome in-character explanation for why the character is driven to (re)act in a specific way.
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