I’m always looking to learn from other writers. On Friday evening, I read Sarah Prineas’ The Magic Thief in one long sitting (okay, maybe I moved between rocking chair and futon a few times). One of her stylistic devices that I rather enjoyed was the use of hyphenated verb or adjective combinations: the “black-dark” night, the “step-tapping” of the cane-carrying magician; the “dash-flashing” of magic. It could be annoying if overused, but it suited this particular book’s voice and added an appealing rhythmic quality to the prose.
It’s something I can see myself trying out in a short story or two.
Writer folks, have you picked up something new from a published novel to add to your craft recently?