Show Don’t Tell

How To Show Character Development Through Body Language

How To Show Character Development Through Body Language

Writers Write is a comprehensive resource for writers. In this post, we discuss how you can 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…
5 Simple Ways To Describe Characters

5 Simple Ways To Describe Characters

Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers and we have included 5 simple ways to 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. 5 Ways To…

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

Writers Write is a comprehensive writing resource. In this post, we have included 37 things for you to consider when you write about anger.  How do we write about anger in an authentic way? We all get angry. It is natural and it can be…
4 Ways To Remove Padding Words

4 Ways To Remove Padding Words

Writers Write is a comprehensive resource for writers. In this post, we give you four ways to remove padding words from your writing. Modifiers and qualifiers are padding words that add little to your writing, but they sneak in anyway. Take note of the words:…
Active vs Passive

Active vs Passive

Have you ever wondered why you can stay up all night reading a novel, but when it comes to a textbook, you are asleep in one point two paragraphs? I can almost guarantee you that it has something to do with active voice versus passive…

How To Use Dialogue To Show And Not Tell

At the end of last year I wrote a post titled 5 Incredibly Simple Ways To Help Writers Show And Not Tell. This week I want to discuss Tip 5 - Dialogue - in more detail. How To Use Dialogue To Show And Not Tell Writing…
How To Avoid ‘Telling’ Words

How To Avoid ‘Telling’ Words

Writers Write is a resource for writers. We’ve put together a post on how you can avoid 'telling' words when you write. At the end of last year I wrote a post titled Five Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell. This week…
How Being Specific Helps You Show And Not Tell

How Being Specific Helps You Show And Not Tell

At the end of last year I wrote a post titled 5 Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell. This week I want to discuss Tip 3 - Be specific - in more detail. How Being Specific Helps You Show And Not…
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