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 August, 2010

The Importance of Irony

by Bruce L. Cook


Irony - your story leads the reader to expect something, but a something else happens instead. Dramatic structure often depends on such deception, leading to suspense and some degree of surprise. (Continued below...)


Five Great Ways to Save Time and Money When Writing an E-Book


by Vanessa Sweeney

With the Internet being so popular, E-books have also become a very popular item. It used to be that people had to get in their cars and drive to the closest book store in order to find informational and creative works that they wanted to read and know more about. With the use of the Internet however, people can simply locate and download E-books that have topics ranging from advice, tips, instructions and many fictional novels are even available in the E-book format.
Due to the popularity, many people have also started writing their own E-books to pass along their knowledge and to market their ideas, products or services that they sell online. E-books can be given away for free as marketing material or they can be sold for profit. If someone wants to write a book and sell it or give it away online, they have two choices; either write it or have someone else write it for them. Both of these choices have their downfalls and their positives, such as:

  • In order to write an E-book, a person should be a good quality writer who is precise and can format the book so that it is easy to navigate. If the writing is not good quality or does not get the point across quickly, then the sale or need of the E-book could suffer. However, if a person writes well and feels confident in their skill set, then writing the E-book would save them money since they wouldn't have to pay someone else to write it for them.
  • Writing an E-book can also be a time consuming process if a person is writing it themselves. If they do not have a lot of spare time, the process could become frustrating.
  • Hiring a writer will save time, but it won't save money.
  • When hiring a writer, there is always the issue of not knowing whether or not the writer can produce the quality and style in the E-book that they promised up front. The person who wants the E-book written might have to spend some extra time gathering references to make sure that the writer can do a good job.

Now that the positives and negatives have been covered regarding writing an E-book or hiring someone to write it, there are a few time saving steps that can be taken if a person elects to write the E-book without the help of an outside writer. Here are five great ways to save time and money when writing an E-book:

  1. Whatever topic you decide to write about, make sure that it is one that you are not going to become bored with. If you pick a topic that does not interest you, then you risk the chance of giving up on the project or having the book not contain your highest quality. Readers can generally tell when an author is interested in what they are writing about or if they are just writing about it because they have to. A lot of time is going to be wasted if you start writing but cannot complete the E-book.
  2. Make sure that you have the write technology to successfully write and publish your E-book online. If you are using old word processing software or do not have the ability to create a PDF file when you are done, then this is also going to waste a lot of time and cause frustration.
  3. Do market research before writing your E-book if you are going to be selling it online or using it for marketing material online. If there is not a demand for what you are writing about, then money and time is going to be lost in the end.
  4. If you tend to have writer's block or just genuinely want to find another way of going about writing your E-book, technology has made is possible to use E-book writing software that will do the work for you. All you have to do with this technology is choose an idea that you want an E-book about and software can actually create one for you.
  5. Finally, make sure to tell everyone you know online and offline that you are writing an E-book so you can create some buzz about your book before you have it done. This will give you a better chance of people already knowing about it and wanting it once you publish it.

Whether you write an E-book yourself and market it; have another person write it for you, or use the help of software, having a book to publish is a great sense of accomplishment and something to take pride in. People are always looking for a good read on the Internet and looking for information that they need to know more about.

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I have been working in Internet marketing, search engine optimization and freelance writing for nearly 4 years after leaving a position with a financial institution. I love the freedom it gives me and I get to do something new every day!

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Irony can go beyond, with an uncomfortable discordance that has substantial impact.

For example, in Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner, Amir grows up with his friend who acts as his servant. Later, Amir treats his friend unjustly. After his friend has died, Amir learns that the friend was actually his brother. (Kite Runner contains many other ironies, and even refers to a discussion of irony in a writing club the author attended.)

Are you using irony in your stories? Perhaps the story needs more tension and suspense, and irony will help. Perhaps the character who has confronted your protagonist is actually a long-lost friend. Then, when your hero overcomes the adversary, perhaps with injuries or death, he realizes (too late) that a terrible injustice has occurred.

Generally irony can come in a variety of flavors. Situational irony– where the situation dictates the ironical outcome. For example, the protagonist travels to meet an emergency situation, only to find that he took the wrong road. Cosmic irony (irony of fate) – where we expect one outcome but are thwarted by harsh realities. For example, a character comforts a dying friend and prays for a miracle, but suffers tragic consequences when the miracle does not occur. Similarly, Romantic irony might deal with the loss of a lover in spite of a substantial effort to gain her (or his) affection.

Another is dramatic irony, where the character is unaware of something that is obvious to the reader. The Man of La Mancha is a poignant example, for Cervantes charges at windmills and defends a prostitute in his glorious quest. Another – verbal irony – is not as important in fiction writing, although it occurs frequently in daily conversation. For this irony, one might say, “Soap operas are the epitome of literary expression.” Of course, the irony would be that the speaker has no respect for soap operas at all, and is making an ironical comment.

Review your stories to determine whether a taste of irony would strengthen them. Perhaps you will find you already craft irony-filled stories with ease. For more information on irony in fiction, you might stop by the library and read:  Andrew H. Wright.  The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 12, No. 1, Special Issue on Symbolism and Creative Imagination (Sep., 1953), pp. 111-118 

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August, 2010 (no. 1108)


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