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Learning To Show, Not Tell

August 30th, 2019

First, thanks to Amber for last week’s blog – I think it’s brilliant advice. If you shut yourself away at home all the time, you can be in danger of forgetting how to interact with people – and understanding how people tick is a vital part of being a writer. And this doesn’t just apply to fiction writers. You also need to know what people are talking about at the moment and what interests them if you hope to write non-fiction that sells. You can’t rely on the TV or internet as what you see there is often a rather skewed version of how ‘normal’ (?) people behave and react.

Moving on, one of the things that writers hear repeatedly from their critics is ‘show don’t tell’ – but what exactly does this mean? I know many people find it difficult to put into practice; so this week I’m going to give you an example from the Writers Bureau course that sums it up perfectly. Read the two extracts and you’ll know exactly what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »




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Show Don’t Tell

December 15th, 2017

I’m back to a bit of mix-and-match this week. First, I’d like to mention a competition I saw recently. Creative Writing for All is currently accepting entries for its 2018 Poetry and Short Story Competition. The theme is Cats and/or Dogs. The entry fee is £5 for the first entry and then £3 for any subsequent entries and the prizes in each category  are 1st: £60, 2nd: £30, 3rd: £15. All profits go to a good cause – The RSPCA at The Holdings, Kempsey. The closing date is 30th April; so you have plenty of time to start thinking up those animal-inspired plots and poems.

Next, I’d like to suggest you have a look at Popshot Magazine.  It’s an illustrated literary magazine – you can subscribe to the online version or the physical edition, and it’s a long time since I’ve seen such a beautifully produced publication. Even if you don’t feel you want to subscribe, there is plenty of content on their website that you can access free, to get a feel for their ethos. And it might just tempt you… Read the rest of this entry »




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