Show Don’t Tell - a Writer's Guide

 

'Show don’t tell' is an important rule for all writers of fiction. Showing is vivid for the reader, because it unfolds events in real time, as though we’re watching them happen. Telling is when everything is related in hindsight…

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What is Dystopian Fiction? 

 

Dystopian fiction is a particular kind of science fiction. Whereas science fiction can be about intergalactic travel, off-world adventures, spaceships and futuristic technology, dystopian fiction is always situated on our Earth, ‘somewhen’ in the future. Dystopian fiction is therefore a…

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‘Clunky prose’, and how to avoid writing it 

 

The expression ‘clunky prose’ is often used by writing coaches and editors. It describes prose which is clumsily written. We’ve all been guilty of using clunky prose at some point, which is why the phrase is so commonly used. Aspiring…

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What is a line edit?

 

Line editing involves making changes to a manuscript at a sentence-by-sentence level. 

 

A thorough line edit can crank up the tension in your work, by making the prose punchy and to-the-point. The purpose of this is to improve the storytelling…

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