This is a great short video from TED-Ed / Victoria Smith on how to make your writing suspenseful. Although this will not provide anything new to some writers, and if it does not, it may at least act as a good refresh on the subject. The scary moments are not when the monster jumps out,Continue reading How to make your writing suspenseful – A talk from TED-Ed
The delicious smell of baked bread, with a wisp of oregano, filled the air while I waited for my dinner at Caffe Gondola, a local Italian restaurant. The lighting was dimmed, and a sip of red wine had left a deep rich taste tangling on my tongue. To the side of me a few feetContinue reading Six actions to focus your mind and reduce distractions from your mobile phone…
Writing at times can be a solitary affair, so this session has been setup to meet and write in the company of others. It is for all those who write, whether that be fiction, non-fiction or even software/web development coding. This writing session will last for 2 hours from 10.30am and will be held inContinue reading WRITING IN FELLOWSHIP MEETING (WRITING SESSION)
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.