Fiction

Showing vs. Telling

Showing vs. Telling: What You Need to Know

You’ve heard it a thousand times from writing mentors, and you’ll hear it a thousand times more: Show, don’t tell. But what does it mean? If you struggle with the difference between showing vs. telling, you’re not alone. Once you’ve got it, it seems simple. But until you do, this maxim causes as many questions […]

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Great Opening Lines

How to Write a Great Opening Line for Your Novel or Nonfiction Book

Some say editors and agents can decide against your manuscript within the first three pages. Harsh as that sounds, the truth is worse… They can actually pass judgment within the first few paragraphs. If they aren’t hooked immediately, they move on. That doesn’t sound fair, but we writers must face reality. Except for loved ones […]

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Creating character empathy

10 Ways To Create Immediate Character Empathy

Need fast, practical help getting readers to care about your main character? Enjoy this blog by my friend and colleague, an award-winning, bestselling novelist. JJ Guest post by Brandilyn Collins Regardless of genre, novelists must create empathy for protagonists at their first appearance. Mere action isn’t enough! The most interesting plot won’t matter to readers if […]

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