How do you develop the ability to ‘show not tell’ as a writer?

First of all, ‘show, don’t tell’ is important. It is. But it’s also a bit oversold to new writers because at some point readers need to know stuff that simply can’t be ‘shown.’   Think about it. If you stopped your action for a flashback to ‘show’ why the protagonist is doing what they are …

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Why is there a need of inserting sensory details in a creative literary work? How does it affect the interest or readers in a piece of work?

 Because it personalizes the story. Because most readers have had similar experiences and the evocation of the senses brings back those experiences and makes the story more real, sharper, and more personal. And that’s the goal of every writer. To bring the reader into the story.

What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

The worst fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard —- and the best fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard — is to write about what you love. It’s very easy to get so caught up in the enjoyment of writing about something you love that you can go on forever and bore your reader to death. …

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Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

 It’s not a matter of stereotypes. It’s a matter of whether the characters are described well or not so well. Good writing will turn them into archetypes and become the best and most representative of the group they belong to, whatever that group may be. Poor writing will make them stereotypes worthy of laughter and …

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Why is it so hard to write a novel, and especially hard to sit down and write your first novel?

The answer to this particular question is easy: Because you’ve never done it before. Any endeavor can be extremely difficult for a beginner. But the more you do — or even the more you sit at your computer and think about writing even if you don’t do any actual work — the easier the process …

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How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

 There are two ways and either way works well: Write the scene as a prologue instead of as a chapter. It’s done all the time and it works great. The only thing to remember if you use this technique is not to make the prologue too long because, for some reason, readers are turned off …

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How do I get a first novel published?

This question opens up a can of worms! Writing is the easy part, getting published is waaaaay more difficult! But there are some steps to follow that will get you there. 1. But there are books and blogs and articles out there telling you what to do. I’m not sure how helpful they are but …

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About rain — rainbows — writing — stories of wonder.

It's raining today. Sort of raining, just enough to get everything wet and make me not want to go outside and stand in it because I'd get chilled and soaked, though the ground will still be thirsty when it ends because it's not coming down hard. Still, considering we've been in a 'red flag' event …

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More about black cats. Yep, there’s more.

Black cats are as easily adopted as cats of other colors. Although euthanasia numbers for black cats have been some of the highest of all cats, their total number of adoptions was the highest of any hue as well. There may just simply be more black cats than other colors. Furthermore, the Black Panther movie …

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How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

 Easy. Give them human characteristics, which is what most, if not all, writers do when describing non-human characters.   I suspect it’s the ONLY way to describe a character because, as humans, we don’t know how to describe anything other than ourselves and, fortunately for writers, that includes a huge range of characters from the …

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