Writing Advice

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What commonly accepted truth (or “truth”) do you think is wrong, or at least seriously doubt? Why?

One of the favourite axioms of creative writing teachers is “show don’t tell”. 

I beg to differ.

If you adhere to this rule you can’t write “John was a foul-mouthed bully who hated animals.” You have to describe John swearing at his kids, hitting  them and kicking the cat. Now this may be useful in some areas of writing but there are plenty of cases where it doesn’t work and isn’t required.

You can spend pages and pages establishing what kind of character your protagonist is by the roundabout way of showing him or her behaving in a particular way, when you could get the same result with a couple of well-chosen adjectives.

And example off the top of my head. “Jenny was a mature lady, well-educated and well-travelled,”  This tells us what we need to know as readers supposing Jenny is a minor character in a short story or novel. We don’t have to see her collecting her pension, reading Proust and returning from a trip to China, to show that she is mature, well-educated and has travelled widely.



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I am a poet, therefore I am crazy - see Shakespeare "the lunatic, the lover and the poet..." I also write plays and stories and do the press reports for my local WI. I ride a recumbent trike, a Hase Kettwiesel - I love it!

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