I'm starting with an easier, at least for me, exercise assuming that when starting an exercise program it is best to start with some easy weights so you don't overexert yourself and cause an injury. I like using allusion, a lot. However, the more I research this, the more I am uncertain whether this will be an easy exercise.
An allusion refers to another work. An example of an allusion:
One should be careful when crafting allusions so that one does not fly too high by creating an allusion to a character or work unknown by many of the readers or fly too low by creating an allusion that is cliché.
As many people may have realized this refers to Icarus's flight to add depth to the sentence. This used a concept but, allusions may also refer to the character or situation such as referring to a penny-pitching character as a Scrooge. The complexity of allusion is to hit the sweet spot where it refers to another work in a fresh way that lends more to the work that was written.
I tend to use all lot of allusion in my writing, but I tend to use very obscure references that many of my readers may not catch. Allusions can make your writing feel richer; however, there should be a balanced so that not all of them cryptic and serve only to muddy the passages.
The challenge: write a scene of 1000 words or less with one or more allusions. The theme: wheel.
- Dianna Zaragoza's The Use of Allusion in Writing
- Worsley School's Allusion in Prose and Poetry
- Scott Nesbitt's Use Your Allusion
- "Red Riding Hood"'s Allusion Infusion (w/ a poetry Starbuck allusion)
This week's Writer's Weights participants: