Writing Advice: Showing and Telling

Early on, when I first started sharing my writing, a number of people gave me the following advice: Show, don't tell. That's good advice, I thought; it helped me in identifying a particular weakness my writing had at the time. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that this particular piece of... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: Memorable Characters

How do we create memorable characters? Well, you'd need a dozen eggs, a bit of vanilla and seventeen cups of sugar to make your average Mary Sue; or you could whip yourself good old-fashioned one-dimensional characters by doing the same thing you'd do to get stale bread -- don't spend any time cooking them up... Continue Reading →

Fragile Things

Whenever I read Neil Gaiman's short-form fiction -- his poetry and short stories -- I feel as if I'm inhaling some alchemical substance, an aroma whose very essence is imagination, refined by years of study and hard work. Fragile Things is one of several short story collections which might very well be my favorite (althought that's arguable). ... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: Dialogue

I've always been a sucker for excellent dialogue. Snappy, clever remarks make for memorable characters, situations and so much more! Dialogue has brought me to tears, and laughter, and has infused me with a hundred emotions that I couldn't have expected would overcome me. Dialogue doesn't have to follow perfect grammar You want the characters... Continue Reading →

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