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Articles / On Writing

I have found that the old adage actions speak louder than words is especially true in writing. One of the more difficult elements for a writer of fiction is the use of subtlety to show who your characters are. Especially when it’s so much easier to simply have your character say, “Derek is a jerk! Can you believe what he said to Sharon?” Then there’s the...

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On Writing

In today’s article we are going to discuss the how to tell a story without telling a story. I must admit that I tend to find the “show don’t tell” rule a bit ironic because all writing is telling. Yes, you read that right. It’s all telling. Telling narrative is obvious. With keen anticipation, Joan and Sally wait for their favorite actor to appear. The...

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Writing Exercises

Today’s writing exercise focuses on the adage of “show, don’t tell,” a descriptive way of writing often used in fiction, that allows the reader to create a mental image of the scene being described and not simply accepting the facts being fed. So, then, how exactly do you show? Take this very bland sentence, for example: The red car drove quickly down the street on...

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