Little Known Ways to Write Captivating Journaling



Before I started digital scrapbooking, I didn't care what my writing skills were like. I wanted to be clear and understandable. Translating emotions into writing, however, is not always easy. My quest to become a better scrapper led me to the lost art of rhetoric. Rhetoric is, simply put, the effective use of language.

There are many rhetoric techniques, or rhetorical devices, that can give a greater understanding, making your journaling more memorable, in an interesting and entertaining way.

Let's use simple rhetorical devices to enhance and improve the journaling on this (work-in-progress) digital scrapbook layout.


Here's what I typically come up with:
September 2009. We went apple picking at the orchard. Mathias tasted his first apple.

Well, it's descriptive, but a little dry, emotionless.

Then, I added an asyndeton (omitting conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses):
September 2009.
It was a sunny, clear, fresh autumn day. We went apple picking at the orchard. Mathias tasted his first apple.



Now an antithesis (establishes a clear, contrasting relationship between two ideas by joining them together or juxtaposing them, often in parallel structure):
September 2009.
It was a sunny, clear, fresh autumn day. We went apple picking at the orchard. The boys gorged themselves on as many apples they could; Mathias, only one.


Finally, an anadiplosis (who comes up with these names!?!) (repeats the last word of one phrase, clause, or sentence at or very near the beginning of the next. it can be generated in series for the sake of beauty or to give a sense of logical progression):
September 2009.
It was a sunny, clear, fresh autumn day. We went apple picking at the orchard. The boys gorged themselves on as many apples they could; Mathias, only one. One apple that was lovingly and carefully chosen by grandma. It was Mathias' first apple.


As you can see, using rhetorical devices not only improve writing skills, but also helps spur creativity and add emotion to your writings.

Here’s an awesome free resource that lists 60 rhetorical devices. Check it out at http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm and try using a few of them in your next journaling session.

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My name is Rosemarie or known as alias Rosemarie Pixel. I am a photo, digital scrapbooking, and blogging enthusiast. I created this blog in 2009 to share everything I am learning about these three new medias.

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