We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how it's used. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers know when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts where … Continue reading When to tell instead of show
I asked for silenceI got a leech instead — withChains of broken words Copyright © Robin LeeAnn
At AWP, I went to a panel that spoke about how writers used pop culture in their published work. They'd write as if they were the characters themselves or at least in that fictional universe. Some were fun and silly, but it was also a way for them to develop and understand their feelings towards … Continue reading Using pop culture as a writing release
The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that fairy tale ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The hero becomes damaged by what he or she had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all … Continue reading Different type of heroes
Life is unattainable sometimes It’s just out of desires’ reach Nothing more than another bill And another time to clock in After a while, the rhythm lingers Not in difficulty, but in tension Pressure comes from all directions And it doesn’t stop for anything So, we’re back at the railroad again Did you see when … Continue reading Lost by the train
Sometimes we can't write, and that's okay. Writing is a complex and draining process. It can be a brutal procedure at times when someone writes almost every day. Instead, it may be better to curl up into a ball with a warm blanket. Especially during a busy time, writing gets sore and tiring. Writing is … Continue reading Writers can’t always write
As an English major, I have joined the clubs of I-have-read-too-many-Shakespeare-plays-to-count and when-can-I-stop-reading-Hamlet-even-though-it's-my-favorite. It seems that I can't spend a semester without Shakespeare. But one of my professors, who is also an English advisor, discussed making Shakespeare not a requirement with my senior class. Both sides explained their opinions. Some students felt Shakespeared out and some … Continue reading Getting rid of Shakespeare
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King Adverbs are some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for some writers. Though it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate your story and … Continue reading Writing adverbs
Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if it isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always positive. … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?
Can people dream too big? Is it too much to want to change the world? I thought of doing that early on. I loved every time I made someone smile as a kid. I wanted more of it. Craved it. Writing was my forte out of everything, so I decided to change the world through … Continue reading Am I writing too big?