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

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Writing Sexual Tension

Tension is not only necessary to move your story along, but it’s also important for making your characters more relatable to your readers. Sexual tension or passion unsatisfied can be a great way to achieve this between characters he pace is slow or fast depending on your story. The main thrust of tension is caused through something keeping your characters together but also keeping them apart. Though in some genre Continue reading

Religion in Novels

peaceIn all religions, there is a common underlying thread they all share that is expressed in different ways. When you introduce religion in your story, whether it is established and recognizable or created by you, using it with subtle undertones is better for world building. There are those who use religion as the drive force in their novel, but if you want to use it to create depth for your world it will come across better if it’s understated. Continue reading