Why you should use Capitalization as a literary device

 

Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, a collection of 200 poems about love and loss – abuse and healing, initially self-published in 2014 sold over a million copies, and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 52 consecutive weeks, in 2017.

Following the success of Milk and honey , kaur didn’t have to hustle to publish The Sun and Her Flower, she sat back and chose from list of firms a publisher with the finest deal.



Although the themes of Kaur’s writing is motivational, it is her lower-case-only writing style and lack of punctuation that I find most inspiring.

“we are all born
so beautiful
the greatest tragedy is
being convinced we are not”

One of her explanation for writing in lower case letters is to preserve the rudiments of her mother’s dialect, in which there is no distinction between upper and lower case letters in writing.

Not only does writing in lowercase preserves Kaur’s culture, in addition to the preeminence from such a noble cause, her style also distinguishes her work from her peers, which is a major objective of creative writing.

For creative writers who are tempted to use Capitalization as a writing device, Kaur’s story is a prime model on how to break away from the confinement of rigid rules stifling your imagination.

Lighten up Your day With Some of These Thoughtful Quotes

Quote can alter your mood, lighten up your day and sharpen your thoughts, to kick-off today here are some few thoughtful quotes for you.

 

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken:

 

Be the change that you wish to see in the world:

 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle:

 

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present:

 

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference:

 

It is never too late to be what you might have been:

 

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself:

 

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything:

 

 

 

Enter your natural magic mode, Increase your flashes of ideas.

Wonders of the Default Mode Network and how we can do more by doing nothing.

For over an hour I struggled in vain to begin a story on the Rite of Passage. I had a vague idea how the story should go, but how to begin it was a challenge. Instead of just sitting there scribbling endlessly, I decided to go and clean the handrail, I was going to do some laundry, and our cloth hangers are too small for the bed sheet, so I would use the handrail to spread the bed sheet.

While cleaning the handrail, the opening scenes of my story began illuminating in my mind; continue reading

Purpose: Simple Decisions That Brings Abundant Joy.

  • How you can still achieve your New Year Resolution with last-minute changes

  • Every day is a good day when you have a goal

Set goals so that you have many reasons to get up each day. As a living being you need something to drag you towards to the future, a reason to get up every morning. Essentially, purpose is the precursor to success. continue reading

How to Shop MacBooks Online, Cheap and Safe

Get up to 40% on MacBooks from eBay, and do it with some assurance.

Shopping is still better done in the traditional stores because you can physically inspect a merchandise before spending your money.

With that said, shopping online comes with a lot of conveniences, but not trust. A lot of times products are not what they pictures says they are, in fact a lot of online dealers conveniently sideline altruism when trading online.

Using the same tips on Shopping Online Safely, here are some of the best MacBooks deals on eBay today. Up to 20% discount, but also filtered from the best rated stores.

Save up to 20% on MacBooks from one of eBay’s best rated stores; Big Value Inc.

Best Rated eBay MacBook
Indicators of a good store: feedback rating is good, positive and negative comments comparison widely varied too.

 

 

 

Google AdSense is Depreciated: Easy way to add Google ads without a Plugin

Google AdSense is depreciated: But you can still easily add Google ads manually, by creating ad codes and placing them on your website.

The official plugin for Google AdSense is no longer available in the WordPress program. Google decided that they could better support WP publishers “through new innovative features like their automatic ad formats and other upcoming initiatives”. I am eagerly waiting for these upcoming initiatives, automated ads alone might not be enough. Nevertheless, we can still create new ads from the Adsense homepage. continue reading

How to Copy From Microsoft Word to Paste to WordPress Editor

Paste WordPress: How to paste to WordPress editor without losing your text organization.

If you are publishing online with WordPress, sometimes you might want to copy and paste from Microsoft word to the WordPress visual editor.

Even though it is very simple, it still took me a while to figure out how to paste to WordPress from Microsoft, without disorganizing my text. I love plug-ins – they are great. But I don’t want to use them for every little thing.

If you paste directly into the visual editor, your text will be messed up by WordPress inbuilt codes.

Solution

The solution is to paste into the text editor instead of the visual editor. After that you can go back to the visual editor and continue with your editing. That is the only way to keep the orientation of your text in order.

The diagram below gives a visual illustration of what I mean.

Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word
Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word

 

Writer’s Block: What it Means, and Solutions for Getting Over it.

Writer’s block and  Procrastination are two most common problems for writers. How to get over it varies depending on who you ask.

Writer’s block and procrastination often come up in discussion among authors. Although they are not a major threat to a writer:s career, it is the variety of solutions proffered for getting over them that interests me. Sometimes writer’s block and procrastination are considered the same problem, but I think they are practically different. My understanding of procrastination is an act of delaying a project completion beyond its due date. Mostly for no substantive reason. Please compare for yourself the Dictionary.com’s definition of procrastination and postponement. continue reading

Creative Writing: Favorite Online Inspiring Writing Prompts

The Craft of Writing: Two blogs with most of the prompts you need to light up your creativity

Writing is a tough hobby, and there are times of complete blackout when a writer can’t think of any topic. His spirit could be willing, but for some reason his mind can’t get the right vibe. Fortunately, a writer facing such predicament can summon some prompts, and with its inspiration break the siege beclouding his creativity. Call them magic wands, and you had be right. I want to recommend two solid blogs for writing prompts, and how they can power your writing Craft.

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Capitalization as a Creative Writing Literary Device

Using capitalization to improve a creative writing.

Capitalization of words in the middle of a sentence is a form of literary device used by fiction writers to evoke emotional reaction from their reader.

Lorrie Moore is a famous for stylistic use of capitalization, in reviewing her, David Gate of New York Times stated that, she’s “one of the all-time great deployers of the exclamation point,” she does this mostly by using capitalization.

Here is a phrase from Moore’s “People Like That Are the Only People Here”, The New Yorker, January 27, 1997;

“The Oncologist describes the tumor as “fast but wimpy,” which the Mother sees as Claudia Osk from the fourth grade. The Baby likes the hospital. He smiles and waves: “What a little Cancer Personality!”

Critics suggests that Moore’s use of capitalization is imperative because she writes from a second person point of view (Telling the story as an observer; The Mother said…the Father). Notwithstanding, it is undeniable the distinction capitalization gives her writing.



Not many established writers uses capitalization as a writing device, in the article Fiction Writers Review, Anne Stameshkin mentioned a few names with some examples.

As a creative writer, the difficult part of using capitalization as a device is to apply it and still maintain the context of your work, even a creative mind can be subjected to scrutiny in case of misapplication of this literal device.

Read Also: Why use Capitalization as a writing device

At the moment, there isn’t a lot of material on using capitalization as a creative writing device, but I suppose a general understanding of capitalization rules should be the starter for anyone hoping to deploy it as a creative device.

Rules of capitalization is well explained in this online Grammar Book.

The Grammar Book mentioned above should be fine, but if you want to purchase a hardcover, here is a useful list from eBay.