“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...
Writing Book Club Fiction: What 5 Reading Guide Questions Can Teach Us

Writing Book Club Fiction: What 5 Reading Guide Questions Can Teach Us

photo adapted / Horia VarlanLong before I started writing fiction, I belonged to numerous book clubs. For me, adding book-centered conversation to a glass of wine, snacks, and the chance to poke around in a neighbor’s house creates a perfect social event. Yet 90...
Story Collections as Novel Prompts

Story Collections as Novel Prompts

photo adapted / Horia VarlanMany aspiring novelists learn their craft by first writing short stories. This makes oodles of sense: the character’s goal is more immediate, its complications are fewer, and the supporting cast is more manageable. With the end never far...

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