Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice

Why "Show don't tell" is not always good advice

When I was in school, my teachers wrote on my paper time and time again: "Your telling here. Show instead." Or, "Show. Don't tell." Or, "How can you show this?" Over time I adopted the words, and I wrote on many a paper to many a student, "Show. Don't tell," without really explaining why. Here's … Continue reading Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice

Perfecting the synopsis: From tantalizing teasers to plot points and spoilers

At some point in your writing career, someone will ask you for a synopsis of your work. When this happens, you want to be ready! To be quite honest, I was not. I had no idea what was being asked of me the first time I read the words, "Please send me the first fifty … Continue reading Perfecting the synopsis: From tantalizing teasers to plot points and spoilers

In the beginning, she wrote: 3 steps to a more productive writing session

As a newbie to the world of novel creation, I read everything I can get my hands on about how to produce a work of stunning originality and beauty. Inevitably, in each of these pieces, I read some semblance of one of the following: Writing requires discipline. Writing happens in bits and pieces. Set a … Continue reading In the beginning, she wrote: 3 steps to a more productive writing session