Small, Important Details

Joseph made breakfast and tea, then spilled it. This sentence may state what is happening in a story, but it doesn’t evoke much emotion in the reader. The empathy comes and goes as quickly as the words pass through the mind. It’s a good example of a “tell” sentence that gives a reader the knowledge … Continue reading Small, Important Details

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Writing Character Descriptions: Emotion

Emotions can be one of the hardest things to convey through the show-not-tell rule sometimes. The show-not-tell rule is describing what a character is feeling, doing, or thinking, without just outright stating it. An example would be writing “her feet landed hard on the pavement, one after another, increasing her speed” instead of “she ran.” … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Emotion

Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Actions can convey so much, and nearly every character will have movement in your writing, whether it's directly mentioned or not. In many books I've read over the last two years, I've noticed very little movement described outside the generic ran, jumped, sat,and walked. And I've started realising more and more just how much I … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to start baking more regularly, even if only once a week. This quickly became an activity that I do every Monday, and usually I make Turner’s and my bread for the week. I like getting a bit experimental with it and sometimes do other baked goods in … Continue reading 13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés

Blue eyes, grey skies, red lights, and black nights. Colours are always surrounding us, in life, nature, and fiction. And they have become very cliché over the years and centuries in which they’ve been used to describe appearances of people, the world, and everything in between. They’ve also been used as symbols and pathetic fallacies, … Continue reading Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés

Writing: Planning a Scene

Tea in hand, Google Docs pulled up, Harry Potter soundtracks blaring through my headphones, and a desire to write (and hopefully motivation and inspiration to go with it). This is a common picture of how I start writing on whatever project on any given day. But lately, I’ve found myself sitting down and just staring...and … Continue reading Writing: Planning a Scene