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The Mechanics of Showing by Lance Mason
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This essay was inspired by, and is based on, a discussion with the novelist and teacher Lee Martin at the Vermont College of Fine Art’s 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference, directed...

Story Craft: Exploring the Art of Creative Writing by Sharon Dempsey
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If you are lucky, every now and then you get a light bulb moment while writing. Suddenly the murky waters clear, and you can see clearly what you are trying...

What Jack Reacher’s Fist Can Teach Writers About Sentence Structure by Sam...

We’re often told that the secret to making writing clear and accessible is to use active verbs, simple words and short sentences. There’s something in that advice. But what really...

When More is Too Much: Family Business by Muriel Bolger

It is said that you can tell whether a book is going to be any good after the first eight or nine pages. And I have to agree you usually...

Location, Location: Andrea Carter on Treacherous Strand
Posted by Andrea Carter in , .

Stephen King has said that ‘locale and texture are much more important to the reader’s sense of actually being in the story than any physical description of the players,’ and...

Really Looking by Sophie Nicholls
Posted by Sophie Nicholls in .

My first pair of glasses are National Health issue, blue plastic, with lenses that rub the bridge of my nose. The optician adjusts them. They smell funny. ‘Lovely,’ he says,...

Show and tell: what’s the difference and why does it matter? By...
Posted by Sheila Bulger in .

The difference between ‘show’ and ‘tell’ was one of the first things I had to learn when I started writing fiction. Like many writers, I fell into the early trap...

A Checklist for Creating Sexual Tension by Sierra Cartwright
Posted by Sierra Cartwright in .

Romance novels rake in well over a billion dollars every year. Probably more so than in any other genre, readers are looking for stories in which a character’s emotions are...

Set Your Fiction in Locations You Love By Jenni Ogden
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I love reading books that transport me to another place—a country I’ve never been to, a city I once lived in, or a beach, mountain or stretch of countryside that...

Location, Location: On Staying Put by Jan Carson
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“It is a great blessing, perhaps the greatest blessing a writer can have, to find at home what others have to go elsewhere seeking, “Flannery O’Connor The older I get...

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