Shared Post: Changing Telling into Showing

The old advice of “show don’t tell” is really important. This is a great little post about reducing the number of “telling” sections and swapping them for “showing”.

“Show don’t tell” is probably the most commonly given advice in writing. So why is it so important?

via Changing Telling into Showing — ML Keller- The Manuscript Shredder
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Fiction: Morning Conversation

I sat in the compartment alone until after we pulled out of Bristol Temple Meads. It was early, the light just creeping across the July sky, turning fields and towns first grey then hazy pink. The distant puff and chuckle of the engine, combined with the rhythmic beat of the tracks below almost lulled me back to sleep, my eyelids drooping pleasantly as I watched the light English drizzle spatter the car window. The vague scent of tobacco that lingered in the fabric of the seats reminded me of my father, a man I admired, looked up to and emulated, following him first into the air force, then into civilian life as an accountant.

If there was one man who never showed me an ounce of kindness, it was my father.

“He would have his hair cut or he would find another job.”

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Shared Post: Biphobia in Fiction

Using specific examples from YA fiction, this post deals with a lot of the stereotypes around fictional bisexual characters and why they’re not OK to perpetuate.

Welcome back to another Trope Tuesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy where we discuss a specific trope and decide: yes, indifferent, or throw it off a cliff? Today I’m going to be talking about something near and dear to my heart: biphobia in YA. (TW: biphobia, slut-shaming, brief discussion […]

via Trope Tuesday | Biphobic Tropes That Need To Die — the story salve
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Quick Thoughts: Fragrance in Fiction

Smell is one of the most often overlooked senses in fiction, yet it can be one of the most powerfully evocative if used well. Including the scents present in a scene can be used to add texture, depth and even personality.

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Crafting a Paranormal Romance Plot

On my “About” page, it says that I’m working on my first Male/Male Paranormal Romance. That’s true. What it leaves out is that last year I wrote a Paranormal Romance with a non-LGBT main pairing. That book, though it was published (under another pseudonym), didn’t sell a lot of copies. The problem? My suspicion is that the two elements of “paranormal” and “romance” didn’t quite fit together in my book, and potential readers picked up on that.

“It’s not enough for the paranormal and the romance elements to be present – they need to work in harmony.”

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Shared Post: Basic Tips for Beta Readers

These tips from Leigh M. Lorien pretty much totally sum up the job of a beta reader. If you’re thinking of offering your services, or looking to get some beta readers to look over your work, take a look!

A while back, I wrote a thread on Twitter with some quick tips on beta reading. I’m going to expand on this a little bit here. First off, let’s get some terminology straightened out. Beta reader – Your job as a beta reader is to tell the writer overall thoughts, point out areas where you […]

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