Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell - What's the Difference and How Can I Master Both?

Show vs Tell is easily one of the most preached about rules when it comes to writing. Some writers think you should always show and never tell. Other writers think showing leads to paragraphs that are much too long and easily bores readers. 

The truth is you can and should do both. The purpose of telling is to state facts or opinions and provide information. The purpose of showing is to describe the situation and allow the reader to imagine the story and events. Basically, telling names emotions, feelings, and environments, while showing evokes emotion and describes what your characters are seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling, saying, etc. 

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Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

Five Ways to Write Plot Twists that Surprise and Hook Readers

One of my favorite books is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The plot twists were amazing and set up in such a way that I was hooked and read the entire book in one night.  However, many writers, especially new ones, fear away from adding plot twists to their novel. A plot twist that is too predictable, or cliché, can be detrimental to your story. However, a plot twist that is unexpected, but still plausible, can do wonders for your story and have readers talking about it for months, and years, to come. 

How can we, as writers, write compelling plot twists that surprise and hook readers? Below I’ve outlined five tips that have helped me, and hopefully, can help you too. 

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