Writing Tips

Weekly writing tips

The Conflict Cycle – Part Two

In last week’s tip, I began a discussion of the conflict cycle and looked at the first of these two main components: An obstacle arises to block a character from achieving a goal. The character responds to the obstacle. Today, I will… Read More ›

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 ›