Kindle your creativity: 3 tactics to help you bolster your writing

Authors’ shining examples are out there, waiting to inspire.

Authors’ shining examples are out there, waiting to inspire

After 15 years of schlepping books from sea to shining sea, I can now fit all of my reading materials into my purse, thanks to Kindle.

I thought the thing I’d love most about my e-reader would be the extra mini-fridge-size space it leaves in my luggage for necessities like thick Marimekko sweaters and airport-size Fazer chocolate bars that I collect on my trips. It turns out that my favorite feature is “My clippings,” a tool that transforms my highlights and notes into text that I can transfer to my laptop.

After a couple of months of using my e-reader, I decided to review my clippings. What I found will help me — and, I hope, you — model the masters, or steal techniques from some of the year’s best writers to make your own writing more creative and compelling.

1. Use metaphor, not modifiers.

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