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How to Decide When to Show and Tell by Sandy Vaile

Deciding when to show and when to tell We know “show don’t tell” is a vital concept because it is constantly drilled into writers, but the truth is, the application is subtle, and therefore often difficult. How the heck do you decide which technique is most appropriate in each instance? Well, I’m going to provide …
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Take a Walk on the Wild, Weird and Wonderful Side of Setting by Tracy Koppel

Why do the craft books make such a fuss about setting? Many readers start skipping ahead when they come to a description. Even some writers admit to skipping descriptions. But in On Writing, Stephen King spends seven pages on description—and he isn’t spending those seven pages telling us to skip all descriptions. Instead, he says, …
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What makes a book good? By Yvonne Walus

Can you name a book that you and all your friends agree on? One that is unanimously considered either so brilliant it’s impossible to put down, or so bad it’s impossible to finish? If you can, you’re probably an exception. (Or you have a group of unusually like-minded friends.)   I can’t. Can’t name one …
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Is Your Book’s Setting A Legitimate Character? By Yvonne Walus

What is a character? Can your book’s setting act as a character in the story? What does that even mean? Characters have morals, personality, emotions and mood swings. They want, they feel, they act. Most of all, they influence and plot. Often, they will also change themselves as the story progresses. How can a setting …