• Editing,  Grammar

    Grammar Lesson: Verb Tenses

    Knowing which verb tenses to use can get tricky. If someone were to you ask you which tense you used for a specific action in your manuscript, would you know how to answer? I’m writing the action in first-person point of view, present continuous tense. She wrote the action in third-person point of view, past simple tense. And you will have written the action in second-person point of view, future perfect tense. Say whaaaaaat? The importance of tenses Knowing which verb tense to use is incredibly important in fiction. Why? Because if the wrong tense is used, it will leave the reader feeling confused and can pull them from the…

  • Editing,  Style,  Writing

    Showing or Telling? A strategy for writers

    How do I know if I’m showing or telling? Does my writing have a good balance of narrative modes? Have I managed to avoid writing big chunks of backstory? If you need answers to these questions, keep reading!  In this episode of Showing and Telling Made Easy, we’re going to explore a practical strategy that will help you find answers. First, let’s recap the five tools, or narrative modes, fiction writers use to communicate their stories. They are: Action Dialogue Thought Description Exposition Action and dialogue are the tools most commonly used to show, but it doesn’t mean that thought, description and exposition should never be used. Each tool has…