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Best online explanations of the creative writing advice "show, don't tell"

It’s sound advice. A creative writer ought to show the reader what is happening in a story instead of telling or explaining too directly. Overtelling can make a novel read like a screenplay treatment. 310 more words


Ways to Bring our Fiction Alive!

My top tip for bringing fiction alive is to use Onomatopoeia. This is the Greek term for ‘word-making.’ When we use it in our fiction it means using a word that appears to suggest the qualities of the sound, for instance, murmur, cuckoo and tingle. 865 more words


A Writer's Approach: Plotter, Pantser, Hybrid

Here’s a repost of my 2013 article from ThisNewMountain.com.

It’s been said, and much debated, that there are two kinds of writers—those who outline and plan before starting a writing project (plotters) and those who dive in and write “by the seat of their pants” (pantsers). 884 more words

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