Tag: fiction

The Write Way to “Show; Don’t Tell!”

Have you ever had a writing coach/professor or perhaps an editor/publisher tell you something like this: “Good writers tell the reader what’s happening, but [great] writers show the reader?” Most of us have, and, if you’re like me the first time I heard it, you may have held back a cacophony of expletives. What does that old adage, “show; don’t tell,” mean? … Continue readingThe Write Way to “Show; Don’t Tell!”

Always Remember… Side Characters are Main Characters

Many authors treat side characters as though they’re just that…only relevant to what’s going on in the sidelines. They give no thought to the important purpose these characters and their personalities bring to the story or how they can influence the greater scope of the work. Most importantly, they forget that side characters are the main characters of their own unique and individual storylines. They should be treated with the utmost care and respect. … Continue readingAlways Remember… Side Characters are Main Characters

How [Great] Writers Read Differently from You…

A writer’s greatest tool is his or her ability to read. That’s the first way we learn what we like and what we don’t, what genres interest us, as well as what’s popular on the market today. Reading is so much more than a pastime. (Although it is by far my favorite – even more than comic book movies and anime and maybe even Disney movies!) It is also our most significant form of professional development. … Continue readingHow [Great] Writers Read Differently from You…

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