• Style,  Writing

    How to Tell Effectively in Fiction

    Effective telling? But I’ve been told “show, don’t tell”—now you’re telling me I have to tell effectively? I’m so confused! Don’t be, dear reader. The first two episodes in this six-part blog series, Showing and Telling Made Easy, will give you the grounding you need to wrap your head around ‘telling effectively’. So far, we’ve covered 3 Reasons to Show Before You Tell and 5 Tools that Show and Tell in Fiction. Check them out if you haven’t already. So what do I mean by effective telling? Well, there are times when it’s acceptable, even necessary, to tell rather than show in fiction. But there’s telling that will put your readers to sleep—and then…

  • Style,  Writing

    3 Reasons to Show Before You Tell

    ‘Show, don’t tell.’ I know you’ve heard it before. It’s one of the first things a writer learns, the cardinal rule, the greatest commandment bestowed on us by the writing gods. So why have I titled this post: 3 Reasons to Show Before You Tell? Because there are times when it is acceptable for a writer to tell and not show. We’ll start to explore that in the next episode of this five-part series of Showing and Telling Made Easy. For now, it’s imperative to know what it means to show and tell in fiction, and why it’s a skill every writer needs to master. So, what does it mean to show and tell? Telling…