When You Should Grace Your Stories with Telling

“A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”  —William Strunk, Jr.   Show, don’t tell, is pounded into the pores of...

SHOW Your Readers Your Love—Don’t Just Tell Them

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” —Anton Chekov   The most caring thing authors can do for their reader is to give them a great story. This means more than a creative, fresh plot. Authors must do the work to bring...

Hook Your Reader to Start the Next Chapter NOW!

“That’s what agents and acquisition editors are looking for–something they don’t want to put down.” —Ray Rhamey   Writers are told to end each chapter with a cliffhanger that keeps the reader from inserting a bookmark and going to sleep. Tweetable Would a chapter...