When do you need to show?

The more I read the more convinced I am that what makes a great book is all in the show and tell. Knowing when to show, when to tell can really be an art form all in itself. But how do you know? First, let’s define the terms: Showing is having an entire scene,...

Anticipating What’s Going to Happen Next

There was a fascinating article by Donald Maass on pacing recently on Writer Unboxed – if you don’t know the website, I highly recommend it, they’ve got really good blog posts. Maass pointed out a couple of really interesting things that got me thinking. First, he...

Tearing a book apart

I’ve currently got three books I’m reading critically in addition to the one I’m doing my best to write. So currently at the top of my mind is what readers are looking for when they read a book. What I should be looking for as I tear these books apart. Number one, of...