Writing Tips

Weekly writing tips

The Conflict Cycle – Part One

(The outline material for this series of tips comes from Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain.) Every story needs conflict. Without conflict, there is no real story. Simply put, conflict comes from any obstacle that blocks your character’s… Read More ›

Writing Narrative – Part One: What is Narrative Text?

Narrative is a collection of descriptions of scenes and actions, one of the three major vehicles used in storytelling: Dialogue – The characters talk, explaining their thoughts. Interior Monologue – A character thinks, explaining what’s going on inside his or… Read More ›

Show, Don’t Tell – Part Two

In my previous writing tip, I began a discussion of a concept called “Show, Don’t Tell” in which I explained how this writing method creates vivid pictures and provokes readers to conclude “telling” adjectives. In this tip, I will explain how… Read More ›

Show, Don’t Tell – Part One

Many aspiring writers hear this phrase often – “Show, don’t tell,” and rightly so. It is one of the most important, perhaps the most important lesson we learn. “Show, don’t tell” means to provide visual images of what you’re trying… Read More ›

Dialogue Mechanics – Part Three: Various Tips

For this final post on dialogue, I will list some miscellaneous tips. 1.  Don’t explain the spoken words. “Show, don’t tell” is crucial in dialogue. Don’t tell the emotions. For example: “It’s the queen scow crow!” Gordon shouted in terror…. Read More ›