Show or Tell? – Using Descriptions in your Writing

Do you show or tell more in your writing? You could just tell your reader that someone is crying, or you could compel a more emotional response from them if you show them how someone is crying. The Difference Between Show and Tell There is a difference between, "Martha is crying." and "Tears streamed down … Continue reading Show or Tell? – Using Descriptions in your Writing

List of Words for “Said”

When you're writing dialogue, it can be easy to overuse the word "said". Go through your draft and count how many times you've said the word said. I'll wait... It was a lot, right? So, here is a list of other words you could use in your dialogue other than the word "said". repliedaskedexplainedboastedacknowledgedpleadeddemandedshoutedaddedcautioneddoubtedsnappedassuredwhinedannounceddisclosedwhisperedmockedreassuredsharedexpressedscreechedbeggedscrutinizedproposedexclaimedconfidedyelledinterjecteddivulgedyammeredrevealeddeclaredmentionedshrieked grumbledclaimedstammeredansweredsnarledbraggedguessedinsistedapologizedretortedimpliedrantedcomplimentednotedscoffedcriedobservedscreamedmumbledgloatedquippedhintedsnickeredwailedscoldedstatedteasedchimed … Continue reading List of Words for “Said”

What To Do When You’ve Destroyed the Universe and You Don’t Know How To Fix It

Plot is the most important part of the story. If you've gotten to the main confrontation piece of your novel, congrats! But, what are you gonna do now? Sometimes we can get stuck on the problem and can't figure out the best solution. That's okay. So, what do you do when you've destroyed the universe … Continue reading What To Do When You’ve Destroyed the Universe and You Don’t Know How To Fix It