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    Craft Master Emotive Storytelling: How to Combine Showing Action with Effective Telling with Sandy Vaile

    Master Emotive Storytelling: How to Combine Showing Action with Effective Telling with Sandy Vaile Have you heard the show don’t tell adage countless times, yet still aren’t clear how to apply it? The Master Emotive Storytelling workshop is for fiction writers who want to decipher the...
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    Craft Fantastic First Pages: Reel readers and publishers in with a dazzling first chapter with Sandy Vaile

    We all know how vital a dazzling first chapter is to attracting agents, publishers, readers and competition wins, but it’s also the hardest part of the story, right? Have you rewritten your first chapter about a million times (no exaggeration), changed where the story starts and agonized over...
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    Show Don’t Tell is Like a Layer Cake with Sandy Vaile

    We’ve all heard this old adage, but applying it often causes confusion, because it’s riddled with contradictions. Both showing and telling are valuable techniques. One creates drama and movement, and the other conveys information succinctly and poetically. Bring your story into focus by...
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    Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice by Sandy Vaile

    Have you been accused of too much telling or information dumps? Does your character have a fascinating history, but you’re not sure how best to convey it to readers? Avoid the pitfalls of backstory by peeling back the layers one at a time to discover the most effective delivery methods, how much...