I did a short online course on ancient and rare Japanese books a couple of years ago and it had an excellent exercise where people shared what was the oldest book in their home. You can see the posts by clicking here (it can take a few moments to load the page). The oldest book I hadContinue reading What is the oldest book in your home?
I was deep in the woods at this point and the trees were casting a cold shadow over the ground. I was wondering if it was time to turn back as my stroll was turning into something far more strenuous than I had planned. Still, I kept on for I felt something inside of meContinue reading A Mysterious Find (Short Story)
Listed below are five simple examples of showing rather than telling. Number one is telling and number two is showing. If you wish to read more of the concept of show, don’t tell please see – here. He was cross. His face flushed red and his eyes were wide open. It was cold. White vapour exuded from herContinue reading Show, don’t tell examples
M. R. James: “Two ingredients most valuable in the concocting of a ghost story are the atmosphere and the nicely managed crescendo.… Let us, then, be introduced to the actors in a placid way; let us see them going about their ordinary business, undisturbed by forebodings, pleased with their surroundings; and into this calm environment letContinue reading “Turn the monsters loose”
Introduction It is the writer Chekhov who has been attributed as first explaining this technique (show, don’t tell) and in a letter to his brother he wrote: “In descriptions of nature, one must seize on small details, grouping them so that when the reader closes his eyes he gets a picture. For instance, you’ll have aContinue reading Show, Don’t Tell – (The story within the story).
One of the key aspects of fiction writing is developing and using an adept style of writing. There are many elements that go towards this, but for this meet-up, we will concentrate on: ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ and ‘Evocation.’ This session will delve into these key elements that go towards an effective writing style.
Here is great advice on the craft of writing from George R.R. Martin. In summary of a key point in the video, writing is about creating strong emotions, such as when a character dies or is murdered you should feel for that character. Either if it’s sorrow or relief. So to create memorable and engagingContinue reading George R.R. Martin on why he Kills Characters