10 ways to show love to your first chapter

Typewriter-Chapter-OneThe beginning of any novel is in many ways the most important part of the book. It’s during those first few paragraphs or pages that the reader decides if they are going to commit to your characters and their story or not. Often when I go to a bookstore I’ll browse the shelves,  read  the first few pages then decide if I’m ready to comment or not. Continue reading

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Showing vs Telling – the battle rages on!

When I first started writing I would have my work critiqued and the most common comment was “show don’t tell”. I would put “He was disappointed.” (telling) rather than “His eyes dropped to the floor and he sighed as his shoulder sagged.” (showing) Showing lets the reader experience what your character is doing/feeling with them as though they are experiencing it too and it makes them more engaging and the reader feel a stronger Continue reading