Monthly Archives: October 2016

Write a More Convincing Scene

Show Readers What’s Happening

Give Them the Details So They Can Draw Their own Conclusions
Readers want to be active participants in the story—to draw their own conclusions, rather than simply be told what the narrator thinks. So for passages or scenes where you want full engagement, give them the specific and sensory details. Paint the scene in full colour.

One of my summer reads was Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic Victorian novel North and South. Gaskell was a master storyteller, with convincing characters and gripping plots, but the impact would have been stronger still with less telling and more showing.
Examples of How […]

Help for a stalled writing project

Is Your Writing Project Stalled?
First Draft Rehab
a.k.a
when a promising early draft hits the skids
Blog Post by Annette Yourk, Sept 5, 2016

Your manuscript is tucked into its box. There’s more work ahead, but you’re feeling good. You’ve gone the extra mile; tidied some sloppy sections, tinkered with spelling, and punctuation. You’ve built this story with knowledge, the raw material of memory, and your own imagination and unique view of the world. You know your material by heart. The hard work is behind you now and you can see the summit; where the perfect convergence of idea, motivation, complication and conflict […]