“Showing” through Exposition: A Study

“Showing” through Exposition: A Study

photo adapted / Horia VarlanWhen writing teachers say “show, don’t tell,” they typically suggest doing so through dialogue, action, and sense imagery. Exposition, on the other hand—the writing that contextualizes the more active aspects of scene, and is often thought...
What Makes You Love Your Main Character?

What Makes You Love Your Main Character?

One of my characters dreams of being a cowgirl in Montana to help save wild horses. (Photo by micadew on Flickr)When Therese Walsh posted a prompt on Facebook, asking those of us going to the Writer Unboxed UnConference—What do you love about the main character of...
Things I Forget to Remember: Writing is an act of faith

Things I Forget to Remember: Writing is an act of faith

I have an idea! Let’s play a game of Word Association. You give me a random word or phrase, and I’ll say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Go. Snail: mobile home  Simone Biles: dynamite Jumping jacks: I pee my pants just a little Royalty: Toni Morrison...

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