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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What You and I Can Learn From Patricia Raybon

  Who she is   Her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, and aired on National Public radio. The first two of her five books, My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love, and Forgiveness (Viking/Penguin) and I Told the Mountain to Move (Tyndale) were award winners. Her latest book (Undivided: A Muslim […]

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