Hello everyone. How are you all doing? It’s good to see you (though I really can’t because this is just a blog post, hahaha…)
Do you know how to handle yourself in unknown situations?
It can be hard being tossed in the middle of something that you haven’t been prepared for.
Once, after a long eight-hour drive on the way home, I realized that my car’s tire was punctured and I was almost running flat. Fortunately, I was near my parent’s neighborhood, so I shot my father a message.
“Flat tire. Need help. I am in the highway outside.”
Show, not tell. That’s a very old writing tip that a lot of new fiction writers, myself included, fail to implement when starting out with their journey to writing stories and novels.
I learned, however, that it’s not because we don’t know how to write. Rather, it’s because we were trained to write this way in school, most notably with nonfiction. Well, in nonfiction, telling is the way to go.
In fiction, it’s another story.
If you want to raise your story quality by a bar or two, it is very important that you be able to grasp the concept of how to show action, instead of telling.
The whole point they are making is that by giving your readers a chance to insert themselves into a location or scene, they’ll make it their own, bringing it to life in their heads. It’s no longer just a description, but a place that exists in their mind, and which they helped create themselves.
As to how you can accomplish that, here are the tips:
1. Level of Detail
Don’t get bogged down in details. Quite often in writing, less is more. This is definitely the case with locations. Readers aren’t stupid. Unless something is completely outlandish, most people will be able to fill in any blanks in the…
Do want to greatly improve your writing by two, or three folds?
Today, let’s talk about how we can greatly improve our writings by focusing on one important element – the characters.
Our main characters in our story can make or break it. Without a compelling character, our story with not relate to readers, will not garner empathy, and most of all, with not have any impact.
So, how can we write better characters? We have to flesh them out. We need to give more thought into who they are, even to the point of adding in details that may probably not appear in your story at all.
If I ever found a giant robot, I sure hope I can figure out how to drive that thing!
It would be a big waste if in the process of pushing a few buttons, pulling some levers or probably flicking a few switches, I either destroy the town I am in, or inadvertently activate the self-destruct mechanism!
I stumbled upon these helpful tips for writing better short stories. I have been trying to write more short stories, so these tips have been very helpful. I will try my best to incorporate them in my works.
I hope that they would be helpful for you, too.
Have a nice day.
by Allison Maruska In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about […]