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Show Don’t Tell is a Layer Cake by Sandy Vaile

I’m Sandy Vaile, a romantic-suspense writer who was a chef in a past life, hence all the food analogies in my workshops. Everyone has heard the “show don’t tell” adage, but it’s not always an easy thing to understand and apply to your own work. It is often confusing, because it’s riddled with contradictions and …
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Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice by Sandy Vaile

I’m Sandy Vaile, a motorbike-riding suspense-writer, who was a chef in a past life, which is why I like to think of backstory as a pungent spice. Today I’m going to explain why you should too. What is backstory? You’ll read many different definitions on the internet, but for my purposes, I like to define …