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.
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 […]
Terry Pratchett said that there is no such thing as writer’s block. If so, how should we define the moments when it seems that our bucket of ideas is empty? How do we put words where it seems to be nothing but darkness? And moreover, how we decide which words to use when no words […]
Check out this post that talks about 5 overused words in fiction. I found myself relating to this, so I thought I’d share it.
by Kelsie Engen I’m deep in the throes of editing my current WIP right now, Broken Time, which is why my poor blog has been taking a backseat. And what this really means is that I’m deep into the nitty-gritty of grammar, word usage, syntax, and pretty much the non-glamorous aspects of writing.
I’ve had this advice thrown on me countless times, either by people or from articles and blogs that I have read. However, it should have been more specific – or rather, I should have interpreted the advice more specifically.
If you want to be a short story writer – read short stories, if you want to be a screenplay writer, read scripts, if you want to be a novel writer – read novels.
We are what we eat.
What we consume, will become part of us, and we would be able to use it for our own. There are certain methods and techniques that each writing branch uses. Some seem too normal and ordinary, that I sometimes take them for granted.
I have been reading manga for a long time now, and have only seldom picked a novel. It’s not a bad excuse to say that I am doing it as a form of study. However, the least that I have taken out of it is that I seem to have been able to write conversations better. Plot development – sure, I could probably have learned a thing or two from this media, however, I now find myself lacking in descriptive writing.
What I mean to say is that I find myself unable to paint scenes with words, and for a writer, a novelist or a short story writer, to be more exact, that is their bread and butter.
Therefore, I have learned this – there are things that are best learned from emulation and imitation. As time goes on, you will certainly be able to mix in your own voice in your writing, and develop a style that is uniquely yours. However, when starting out, it is not bad to emulate the great writers of the time – emulate how they write, how they present scenes, and also how they present their characters.
Perhaps, I should pick up a new novel to read – something that is around the genre that I am interested in writing…
In any case, I hope my realization would be helpful to anyone out there who seem to be in the same predicament as me.
Have a nice day.
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