Exercise 15: Let’s practice showing

We’ve talked about showing and telling in the past, but it’s a complicated concept to grasp and I think most of us could use a refresher now and then. Plus this is a nice, easy exercise and we all like easy, don’t we? Think about something that you like. It can be anything–a person, a […]

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Show and Tell

“Show, don’t tell.” This was one of the first concepts I learned about when I started seriously studying writing. My first teacher was diligent about hammering it in–don’t tell, don’t tell, don’t tell. Never tell. I used to take it to heart, but time and experience have taught me that, like every writing rule, it […]

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Writing Dialogue: How a conversation between characters can work on multiple levels

If you’ve been following my Friday exercise posts, you know that this month is all about description. What I haven’t discussed yet is how description is more than just telling the reader that the sky is blue, or Alice is blonde. Dialogue can be a powerful way to show a reader what a character is […]

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