|ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER |
intent and motive
This April, I am posting in accordance with Orwell's Third Law of sentence construction. ;)
George Orwell says:
WHEN WRITING A SENTENCE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ASK YOURSELF:
1. What am I trying to say?
2. What words will express it?
3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
The word idiom has both Latin and Greek origins. In either language idiom means something special or a special phrasing of one's own. The key to images and idioms is they should make the meaning clearer and they should be one's own and so fresh, unique and true to the setting of the story.
Images or idioms can be used to add historical context, emotional depth or meanings beyond the literal.
Sometimes the idiom or image can be used to reveal a truth that may not be obvious to the character or to the reader.
From HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
"Draco, do it, or stand aside so one of us -" screeched the woman, but at that precise moment the door to the ramparts burst open once more and there stood Snape, his wand clutched in his hand as his black eyes swept the scene, from Dumbledore slumped against the wall, to the four Death Eaters, including the enraged werewolf, and Malfoy.
The readers knew Harry's broom was leaning against the wall too, most of us who were following along in Harry's POV forgot that even when JK provided us with this little reminder.
Intent and motive are the shadows behind every action, when actions speak louder than words.
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