Show vs. Tell – A Show & Tell
“Show, don’t tell” has been drilled into our heads Ad nauseam. Is the writing at its best, regardless of “show vs. tell”? Does it flow, or am I forcing it for the sake of a “rule”?
An Important Message from Authors to Readers
Of late, there’s been the misconception amongst readers that an author’s work should be free (or at least cheaper than a cup of coffee). Imagine if the same theory applied to everyone? You slave all day long at your workplace, only to have your employer tell you that you should be happy simply doing the work and that you won’t be paid for it. How would you feel?
The Debate Over Using Prologues
It was a dark and stormy night… but where do you put this opening line? in the prologue? Do you want to start at Chapter 1? Recently, I came across a debate on social media regarding the merits of including a prologue in a work of fiction.
Impostor Syndrome And Why You Should Banish it From Your Vocabulary
What the heck is “Impostor Syndrome”? I had no clue so trusty Google filled me in. It is: A psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. I can’t fathom why an Author would
Reviews: A Conundrum
To an Author – a review is a sort of payment for the hours spent bleeding at a keyboard. (It really is that important.) As a reader, I look at the reviews first. Most of us do. I want to know that others were gripped by a story or, conversely, thought it was a waste of time.
A Letter to My High School English Teacher
It’s been three decades since that fateful day in class when you had me read my short story out loud. Didn’t you know how scared I was? How shy I was? Did you see my trembling hands as I held the loose leaf paper before me, straining to keep my voice calm?
Am I Good Enough?
The question all Authors ask themselves, is: “Am I good enough?” Here’s my take on that question, because you can be sure that I’ve asked it to myself.
What’s in a (Pen) Name?
I’ve pondered on this. Probably for as long as the Bard, himself, pondered on the famous question. What exactly are the benefits of using a pen name? The only thing I can come up with is that the Author is trying to hide and a pen name provides an ideal mask.
Great Dialogue Should Jump Off the Page
Today, we talk about dialogue. What’s there to talk about? (Sorry, a bit of a bad pun, there.) But here’s the thing, your characters will inevitably converse. You can write beautiful, descriptive prose until the cows come home but what happens if you’re not adept at writing dialogue?
How to Effectively Convey Pathos
Have you ever started to read a book, only to find out in Chapter One that the male lead has three months to live? Did it make you feel like a jilted lover? That’s because the Author did jilt you and failed to effectively convey pathos. “Pathos represents an appeal to the emotions of the audience, and elicits feelings that already reside in them.” (Thank you, Google.)