The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)

There’s a specific reason I titled this post “Show vs. Tell” rather than the more common “Show, Don’t Tell.” Because not all telling is bad. Yep, the second sentence in and I’m already trying to confuse you. To show or to tell is the great debate of creative writing. Some absolutely think you should neverRead more about The Great Show vs. Tell Debate (and how to tell which one you need)[…]

16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)

16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)

I’m sure all of you have heard of the Myers-Briggs test. Some of you may already be using this test to really figure out who your characters are. Others have probably heard of this but haven’t applied it to their writing. I’m here to tell you that you should, especially if you’re having trouble gettingRead more about 16 Types of Characters to Use in Your Novel (and a test to help you character build)[…]

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

I’ve talked an awful lot about goals lately. I’m actually in the process of completed one of my larger quarterly goals: buying a house! But I’m dragging you to the computer today to talk about a different kind of goal – the kind that relates to plots. There’s no doubt that an odd cloud ofRead more about How to Strengthen Your Novel’s Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)[…]