Figure of speech: aporia is an expression of doubt for rhetorical effect.
I’m supposed to be writing so instead I’m blogging. I haven’t blogged all year. But today, when I really need to be writing I’m blogging. I could say I don’t know why I’m not writing, but that wouldn’t be true. This is either work avoidance or thinking while looking productive. I want to use a trope, or figure of speech, in my next section. An aporia might be what I’m looking for. Here’s my example.

It’ll be hard walking into the lab, knowing that Miss Petrie won’t be there, but at some point I have to do it. I still imagine her her flitting from lab table to lab table, her face framed by a chaos of curls, and yet I can’t quite picture the last image I will ever have of her.
That can’t be normal.

What do you think?

I will try to add more tropes and figures of speech (with examples) here throughout this semester.

My interest in tropes and figures of speech come from a recent lecture, where faculty advisor Martine Leavitt called tropes the “Swiss Army Knife” for writers. Who couldn’t use one of those? I know I could.

Keep reading. Maybe we’ll all learn something here.

About Sheryl Scarborough

For MONEY I have written: TV series, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, magazine articles, Business Plans, Direct Music Marketing letters (as Mariah Carey, MC Hammer and others), Corporate Newsletters, Mens Style (online) Magazine (as managing editor),screenplays (well, okay so not so much about the money there) and Restaurant Reviews (for free food!) Now… I’m writing for love and what I LOVE are young adult mystery novels.


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