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Show and Tell: Transform Your Writing Using Both

Show and Tell: Transform Your Writing Using Both

July 18, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

From the laminated poster on the wall of your third-grade classroom to the margin notes provided by fellow wordsmiths in your critique group, one slogan keeps cropping up throughout most of our writing lives: “Show, don’t tell.” The impulse to simplify writerly advice is legitimate. But as with most things in life, it’s best to think carefully before applying negative labels. “Show” and “tell” don’t have to clash on the page. Instead of rating one method over the other, it’s time to understand how and when each of these strategies can help you. 
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The Most Dangerous Myth about Writing

The Most Dangerous Myth about Writing

July 11, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

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The Thing Only You Can Bring to Your Writing

The Thing Only You Can Bring to Your Writing

July 06, 2017 4 min read 0 Comments

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How to Be Your Own Best Editor While Remaining a Writer

How to Be Your Own Best Editor While Remaining a Writer

June 29, 2017 8 min read 0 Comments

You’re not a writer! Well, at least for a time. You’re an editor.For about eight years I was co-publisher of a small press and learned quickly what to look for in query letters, proposals, and in fiction and nonfiction. Yet I thought of myself mainly as a writer. The weird thing was that when I wore my writer’s cap, I didn’t think like an editor anymore, and I found I was just as puzzled as any other writer about what would be acceptable to a publisher.

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The Difference Between Amateur and Proper Writers; And Why You Shouldn’t Aspire for the Second

The Difference Between Amateur and Proper Writers; And Why You Shouldn’t Aspire for the Second

June 16, 2017 11 min read 0 Comments

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