An original short story by Chris J Mitchell Noah lies back on the shop’s glass counter. His shoulder blades press against the cold, hard surface and he stares up at the polystyrene ceiling tiles. They are old, turning brown and covered in a thin layer of dirt that has built up over the years. ThereContinue reading Escape or Die Trying (Short Story)
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).
Yesterday a workshop was held on some of the key aspects of developing and using an adept style of writing. There are many elements that go towards this, but in this workshop we concentrated on ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ and ‘Evocation.’ The workshop went well and feedback has been great. Aside from the technical aspects ofContinue reading Developing your Writing Style (Evocation and Show, Don’t Tell) – Workshop
The Corpse Light (Victorian Ghost M. R. James is one of my favourite writers when it comes to ghost stories. His stories, Count Magnus, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and Oh whistler and I’ll come are amongst some of my favourites. But, if you ask me what other Victorian ghost stories I like then this is one that springs to mind,Continue reading The Corpse Light (Victorian Ghost Story)