Margin Notes

CRAFT STUDIO BY GUEST WRITER TAHEERA MAMUJEE: SEAL SONG

Apr
18

What I was reading: Seal Song by Andrea Spalding–available on Sora

What moves I noticed the author making:

  • Using staggered italicized writing, with “-ing” verbs being heavily used with the italicized to suggest present movement and action
  • Having the italicized sections be a poetic break in between the narrative text
  • Adding a sense of urgency through the use of fragmented sentences
  • Having somewhat of a pattern of rhyming schemes (i.e. splashing, dashing, thrashing–plunging, lunging–flashing, slashing)
  • Organizing the stanzas to amplify and connect with the actions taking place in the narrative

Possibilities for Writers:

  • Using present “-ing” verbs to express action and movement to a scene
  • Adding rhyming words into a poetic stanza in a repeated yet not overly obvious fashion
  • Connecting poetic stanzas with ongoing action in a narrative
  • Using italicized words as a method to break the fourth wall or add another layer of description to a text
  • Imagining how you could use fragmented sentences in narrative writing and trying to add to a piece you have written

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