Show Don’t Tell

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: 1.  Express emotion as action: 2.  Choose…

What Writers Can Learn From The Coolest Podcasts On The Web

I love listening to podcasts and they are great for improving your writing. I have written about listening and using a series like Serial  before. It is a must-listen for crime writers. It’s fascinating to hear how she breaks down the investigation and pulls apart the…

7 Awesome Foreshadowing Tips For Fiction Writers

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS Foreshadowing is a literary device that can be used to create expectation with readers. It is a preparation tool. You let your reader know something is going to happen without giving the story away. You can create a sombre or ominous tone by foreshadowing.…

How To Show Character Development Through Body Language

Amy Cuddy, a social scientist, presented a Body Language TED talk in 2012. She speaks about how your posture can change your mindset. When I wrote this, it had already been viewed more than 27 million times. Clearly she has something to say. We give so…

5 Simple Ways To Describe Characters

I have included five ways that you can describe characters in this post. Three involve interior characterisation and two, exterior characterisation. If you use all five when you write, you will have three-dimensional characters. Interior characterisation involves showing, or telling, the reader about aspects of your…

Is There Merit In Telling And Not Showing?

A Woman Of Steel Danielle Steel has written 94 novels, 17 children’s books, four works of non-fiction, and a book of poetry. She is published in 43 countries in 69 languages. She has sold 650 million copies of her books. Each one – each one,…

Visual Storytelling – The Silent Ballet

On the weekend, I watched Metropolis, the famous silent sci-fi film. During the week, my editor friend invited me to watch Giselle, the iconic ballet as performed by the St Petersburg Ballet company. I was struck by the similarities in these two art forms. When…
37 Ways To Write About Anger

37 Ways To Write About Anger

How do we write about anger in an authentic way? We all get angry. It is natural and it can be a good thing. When it is uncontrolled or unnecessary, anger will not do us any favours on either a personal or a social level.…

4 Ways To Remove Padding Words

Modifiers and qualifiers are padding words that add little to your writing, but they sneak in anyway. Take note of the words: a bit, a lot of, almost, every, nearly, quite, and very. Also, consider your use of adverbs and adjectives in general. Look at…
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