Show Don’t Tell

Why You Need Strong Verbs When You Write

Strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. They help you: Reduce adverbs: Choosing strong verbs helps you to be specific. You should replace an adverb and a verb with a strong verb if you can. It will improve your writing. Don't say: "She held on…
5 Ways To Avoid The Backstory Battle

5 Ways To Avoid The Backstory Battle

Backstory is anything and everything that happens before your short story or novel opens. Because we need to know our characters’ histories, we think the reader needs to know it too. Here’s a secret—readers don’t care. They want action, they want forward movement. Decide how…

The Top Five Tips For Using Body Language in your Writing

Why should we use body language when we write? We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. Mia Botha describes how to Say it, without saying it, and Amanda Patterson decided to create these body language cheat…
Body Language Cheat Sheets For Writers

Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. I created these cheat sheets to help you show a character's state of mind through his or her body language. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of…
5 Instances When You Need To Tell

5 Instances When You Need To Tell (And Not Show)

Writers know that showing is better than telling. They also know that a good story includes some telling. Sometimes your characters need a break. They may need to think, or retreat for a moment. Time marches on and many events in a character’s life are…

Say It, Without Saying It…

One of my favourite songs is ‘Baby makes her blue jeans talk” by Dr Hook. I know. I think my parents were too young for the sixties and embraced Disco with a tad too much enthusiasm. I was raised on rock, folk and disco with…

3 Simple Ways To Show And Not Tell

Telling is sometimes called using a summary mode. It should be used sparingly because it distances the reader from the viewpoint character’s goals and actions. It is mostly better to show rather than tell. 1.  Avoid using abstract words when you describe a person.  Don’t…
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