Show, don’t tell Reply

‘Show, don’t tell’ is perhaps better known than any other piece of writing advice. On Creative Writing courses it sometimes becomes a mantra repeated ritualistically. But what exactly does it mean?

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Concentrate on the quieter human eddy Reply

If you’re struggling to write the big dramatic moments – the battles and deaths and marriages – maybe you need to approach them from a distance and focus instead on the quieter moments. To borrow a phrase from Richard Ford, maybe you need to ‘concentrate on the quieter human eddy.’

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Beyond coffee: giving characters interesting & varied action 1

Sometimes writers think only of the function of a scene – for instance, if the plot demands that the protagonist argues with his wife then the writer writes the argument and, to break up the dialogue, has the characters doing something mundane such as drinking cups of coffee. This video discusses the value of getting your characters doing something interesting while they’re advancing the plot.


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