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My Character is Sick–How to Show (Not Tell) Illness

Fiction writing is about communicating as much as possible within the story line. Every writing class you take will exhort you to show not tell. As Samuel Clemens said, “Don’t tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.” You will often have your characters become sick in the novel. … Continue reading

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Eight Favorite Words–Part III

These are wonderful words that roll off your tongue. They feel good to say–and hear. Who can hear ‘zeitgeist’ and not feel the fullness of time wrap around them? Or ‘tintinnabulation’–can’t you just hear the tiny bells calling out? Tell me which is your #1 favorite: Sesquipedalian–use overly long words. Like polysyllabic, but I love … Continue reading