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Show Don’t Tell

Show, Don’t Show and Tell

Show, Don’t Show and Tell

So I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to address in a post even since I started this blog almost two years ago.  I never have though, because I…

Readers Are Pretty Smart

Readers Are Pretty Smart

Readers are pretty smart.  Turns out, they have an enormous propensity to figure things out.  Enormous.  But how can you make use of that in your writing?  Especially your speculative…

Carrying the Setting Through the Scene

Carrying the Setting Through the Scene

Stories take time to read.  That’s just the truth of it.  And while your readers take their own sweet time to read your novel, they’re going to forget…

Establishing Settings Through Character Actions

Establishing Settings Through Character Actions

If you’re anything like me, you write because you love two things about novels: characters and conflict. I love reading about people who have to stand up for what…

Heroic Introductions Part 1: Externals

Heroic Introductions Part 1: Externals

A couple weeks ago, I talked about creating suspense through your antagonist’s introduction. While that post (hopefully) helped you force your reader to quiver in his boots, villains aren…

Info Dumps: Other Options?

Info Dumps: Other Options?

This post is about info dumps. Info dumps are bad. It is important that you understand what an info dump is. Info dumps look kind of like the start of…

Info Dumping: Part 1

Info Dumping: Part 1

We’ve always been told “Show don’t Tell.” It’s an easy limerick to talk up, but application is hard. Really hard. Sometimes your readers just have…