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One of the most frequent pieces of advice our editors give to our authors is to use the "Show Don't Tell" technique in their writing. We hear it so often, but how many of us actually know what it means and how to use it in our own writing?
This guide teaches you what the phrase actually means, how to spot when you should be 'showing' and not 'telling' (and when it's ok to 'tell') and how to perfect this technique.

writer's voice

What is Writer’s Voice?

The term ‘writer’s voice’ is thrown around a great deal. It is something that most writers spend a great deal of time trying to perfect, most literary agents are always on the lookout for and readers unwittingly seek to keep them reading. When literary agents are asked what it is that they are looking for […]

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What Does ‘Show Don’t Tell’ Actually Mean?

The term ‘show don’t tell‘  is thrown around a great deal, in fact, so much so, that it has become a bit of cliché, but, what does ‘show don’t tell’ actually mean? There are two ways to tell a story: By telling 1.You can either relate it to someone in second-hand narrative summary Or showing 2.You […]

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write perfect dialogue

How To Write Perfect Dialogue – Part 2: Powerful Dialogue

For Part Two in our ‘How to Write Perfect Dialogue’ series, we show you just how you can give your dialogue power and impact. If you missed Part One ‘How to Use Dialogue Tags for Maximum Impact‘ you can take a look at it here. Written dialogue must serve a purpose and it must be delivered […]

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how to use dialogue tags

How To Write Perfect Dialogue – Part 1: Dialogue Tags

This is the first in a two-part series on writing perfect dialogue. Check out the second part ‘5 Simple and Effective Ways to Write Powerful Dialogue‘ here. What is a Dialogue Tag? A ‘dialogue tag’, or ‘dialogue attribution’, is the phrase that occurs before, after or in the middle of a piece of dialogue. It […]

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the truth about writer's block

The Truth About Writer’s Block

17 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block, Refocus Your Mind and Write Your Book It’s controversial, but we aren’t big believers in writer’s block. At least, not in the form everyone talks about. We prefer to see writer’s block as a fleeting set-back, a day of not bringing your writing A-game, or a temporary glitch in […]

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5 Signs Shouldn't be using a Prologue in your novel

5 Simple Signs That You Shouldn’t Be Using a Prologue

There are many instances when you can use a prologue in your novel, but make sure it isn’t for the wrong reasons. A prologue can work – take a look at our article here on when it’s ok to use a prologue, but it needs to be handled carefully. If not, this is usually where […]

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