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Death to Excess

We’ve looked at trimming out unnecessary bits from our prose but what about those characters who just don’t seem to be pulling their weight? The honest answer is that they’re probably going to have to go too. 764 more words

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Dropping Breadcrumbs

Readers like a chance to work things out for themselves and infer meaning. By favouring showing over telling we give the reader a chance to build their own story within ours. 593 more words

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Learning As I Go

A few weeks ago I told you that I registered for a number of writing courses, to bring me back into a more structured way of thinking about writing. 478 more words

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Brick-by-Brick

This week we’re looking at building plot during redrafting: how we can use implication through showing rather than telling, moving or removing chapters and culling extraneous characters. 86 more words

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Finding Balance

I can’t tell you the perfect balance between description and dialogue when introducing your story, or anywhere in the story, because this varies from writer to writer. 599 more words

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Introducing a Character

When introducing a character it isn’t necessary to tell the reader everything about them in one go. Readers like to work things out for themselves, to pick out the clues and gather information as they go, which is one of the reasons crime fiction is so popular. 489 more words

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Establishing the World

Now we know where we’re going to begin it can be all too easy to try and tell the reader everything about the world all at once. 657 more words

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