Show Don’t Tell

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…

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. Writing dialogue might just be my favourite thing in the…
How To Avoid ‘Telling’ Words

How To Avoid ‘Telling’ Words

At the end of last year I wrote a post titled Five Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell. This week I want to discuss Tip 4 - Avoid Telling Words - in more detail. ‘Just write’ is some of the best advice…

How To Use The Senses To Show And Not Tell

My post last week was 5 Incredibly Simple Ways To Help Writers Show And Not Tell. Today I want to discuss Tip 2 – Use the Senses – in more detail. I suggested: Write a list of what your character sees, hears, feels, touches and…
5 Incredibly Simple Ways To Help Writers Show And Not Tell

5 Incredibly Simple Ways To Help Writers Show And Not Tell

The concept, Show Don’t Tell, is one of the trickiest things for beginners to grasp. It’s something we teach on our Writers Write course, and it's an ‘aha moment’ that can’t be rushed. Consider these examples: Example One: The detective was staring at the body. He…
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