View Full Version : Using the rule of three in writing


anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 06:21 AM
There are many techniques writers use to enhance their writing. Writers may use metaphors or similes to convey a complex thought or idea. Another tool links (http://bit.ly/1jVe2wM) concepts or ideas in threes.

"She loved cake, cream and coffee after dinner."

Share one per post!

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 06:24 AM
Their culture espouses believing in strength, faith and hope.

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 06:29 AM
The tree grew strong, grew proud and grew bright.

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 06:29 AM
The forums are my rock in hard times, the place of peace and calm and the location that recharges me.

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 06:36 AM
When I was a child, writing was my therapy, a constant presence in the midst of turmoil, something to pour my thoughts onto and ways to invigorate my young mind.

Anastasia
01-15-14, 06:51 AM
She liked this unique thread, it was interesting, and found it's concept to be helpful.

Fuzzy12
01-15-14, 06:57 AM
I'm inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive..

I think the DSM tries to be stylish, elegant and contemporary in its writing too ;)

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 07:37 AM
My eyes are heavy, my back arches forward and I'm having a difficult time thinking.

midnightstar
01-15-14, 08:31 AM
Everyone knows anonymouslyadd is kind, caring and approachable

midnightstar
01-15-14, 08:34 AM
Midnightstars phone stunk like cow dung, horse manure and a trolls fart

Corina86
01-15-14, 09:21 AM
Midnightstars phone stunk like cow dung, horse manure and a trolls fart

What are you doing with that phone?:scratch:

midnightstar
01-15-14, 10:46 AM
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What are you doing with that phone?:scratch:


I'm insulting it because it's crap :p

anonymouslyadd
01-15-14, 11:49 PM
Tired of the waiting, exhasperated by the effort, angry because of the struggle, he went over the manager's head and talked to the store owner.

anonymouslyadd
01-16-14, 12:05 AM
He drew, he read, he learned while in jail.

Conman
01-16-14, 12:24 AM
he grew anxious, paranoid, and insane while tripping

Daydreamin22
01-16-14, 01:54 AM
She's a sweet as tupelo honey


simile... does that work?

anonymouslyadd
01-16-14, 02:09 AM
She's a sweet as tupelo honey


simile... does that work?
Similes are great, and I suppose they could be incorporated into the rule. However, the rule of threes has a different purpose. Check out the example below. Does it make sense dreamin?

Daydreamin loves helping people, enjoys being social and has fortitude.

1. loves helping people

2. enjoys being social

3. has fortitude

Daydreamin22
01-16-14, 02:18 AM
yes, I got it and thanks soo much! :)

sarek
01-16-14, 03:13 AM
A seeker seeks to unite body, mind and heart as one.

anonymouslyadd
01-16-14, 04:40 AM
I love the ocean's power, beauty and movement.

anonymouslyadd
01-20-14, 07:33 PM
His friend owned cars, boats and planes.

anonymouslyadd
03-13-14, 02:23 PM
ADD can destroy relationships, hinder career success and rob the individual of self-esteem.

anonymouslyadd
03-13-14, 02:29 PM
Learning to speak better in front of people has made me more confident, given a service to offer a client and changed my life.

anonymouslyadd
03-13-14, 02:35 PM
Doctors should understand our bodies, guard us against harmful drug interactions and make sure our health is the best that it can be.

MX2012
03-13-14, 02:36 PM
I found the suggestion helpful; the replies are funny and apt; and my attempt is inadequate.

anonymouslyadd
03-13-14, 02:38 PM
I found the suggestion helpful; the replies are funny and apt; and my attempt is inadequate.
I don't think your attempt is inadequate.

anonymouslyadd
03-13-14, 02:57 PM
The spring season warms our souls, induces growth among the plants and trees of the earth and reminds us that fresh starts exist.

Flory
03-13-14, 03:28 PM
my pet sugar-glider kiwi is fuzzy, grey and enjoys being kissed on the head ^_^

dvdnvwls
03-13-14, 04:37 PM
(It's an interesting "rule", because it can be applied in a very straightforward way - where all of the three elements are in parallel construction and have equal weight - but also in a way that's either "more nuanced" or "less elegant", depending on your point of view. I think when one of the elements is expressed differently from the other two, it's almost always bigger and almost always placed third.)

People on ADDF are welcoming, helpful, and (if you give them a chance) likely to change your perception of yourself and the world around you.

MX2012
03-13-14, 11:44 PM
Why is this funny, why is this thoughtful, why is this sweet?

anonymouslyadd
10-07-14, 12:17 PM
I can make people laugh, think and discover.

anonymouslyadd
10-07-14, 12:41 PM
My mind began to wander, explore a new universe and dream of living a different life.

MX2012
11-23-14, 02:20 PM
I don't think your attempt is inadequate.

Anon - I think I am quick to critic my own work because in a way it helps me write better as I quickly try to see how it could be perceived.

Thanks for the encouragement.