Welcome to the Show, or Coming up from Telling

The weather’s changing, finally, and something about the spring makes me want to take a detour from my usual editorial fare into the realm of fiction. Today, I feel inspired to take on the eternal struggle between telling and showing. I can’t promise you I’ll have all the answers, certainly, but I can at least Read more about Welcome to the Show, or Coming up from Telling[…]

Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy

I know, I know…. Cliché , cliché, cliché! But sometimes the clichés best express exactly what we mean, which is the case for what I want to talk about today:  honesty in voice. It’s the next installment of what I believe are the components of compelling voice in writing and character development. You know how Read more about Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy[…]

Characters – Love them; love them not?

The other day my sister and I were talking about a book she’s reading. She said she was enjoying the book immensely, but the story’s main character was troubling her. “She’s heartless,” my sister said. “I don’t like her.” She almost spit the words out, like she’d just bitten into a bad tomato. What a Read more about Characters – Love them; love them not?[…]