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January 25, 2017

Part II: Showing vs. Telling
A Closer Look at the Untold Art of Storyshowing

If you’re someone remotely involved with writing in any way you’ve heard the tired adage “show don’t tell” more times than you’d care to relive. And the most terrible thing is that most of the time you heard it, you heard it because someone “told” you. There’s a […]
January 20, 2017

Part I: Showing vs. Telling
Making Your Writing Memorable

Show, don’t tell.  Many of us have heard it so many times that we’re wary of telling anyone anything ever again. But the truth is, showing is the key to memorable writing. Readers remember writing that made them feel something, and painting a picture—showing—is the only path to […]
January 14, 2017

Recommended Reading: Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. You can get the book here. One chapter I find especially interesting is on verbal dueling. The author’s position is […]
January 11, 2017
make time for writing

Make Time for Writing
Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Like most novelists, I have a day job. I’m fortunate that my everyday activities are centered around publishing: helping other writers get their books into print, working with beautiful words on interior and e-book design, chatting with authors about the crazy creative life. But most people don’t have […]
January 4, 2017
Write what you know

What Do I Know?
One author's take on an old adage

By J.S. Anderson “Write what you know.” For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice. What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was […]
December 28, 2016

The Blackbird and Hemingway
Reflections on the nature and nurture of words

by J.S. Anderson In the city that draws the eye up, ever up, mine were on the commanding Beaux-Arts façade of the New York Public Library. I nearly missed the series of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk on East 41st Street, right there under my feet. I […]