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“Show, Don’t Tell”

It’s one of the most commonly cited pieces of advice for writers: show, don’t tell. But…what the heck does it mean? And how do you go about accomplishing it? Today, I’m going to dig into “show, don’t tell” and see if I can offer some clarity. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.… Read the rest

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How To Revise In Layers

Some writers can fire off a beautiful first draft. It seems to spring forth from their brains, and fingers, fully formed and gorgeous. Me? Not so much. My first drafts are a mess. They’re chaos. They’re borderline illiterate in places. Half the time I’m making little notes and comments to myself, about stuff I want to remember for a given scene, or emotions I want to express at a particular spot.… Read the rest

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How To Tackle Revisions

A little while ago I sent the most recent round of revisions to my editor. Last week he sent me an email to say that everything was great, and he loved the changes I made. Yesssss. This is a great relief. It means we’re on track for the release of my next novel, A Magnificent Crime, in 2014. Although some writers don’t enjoy doing revisions, I actually love them.… Read the rest

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