We love stories. Sit in any critique group for longer than 10 minutes and you’ll hear the phrase “Show, Don’t Tell.” While it is true that all stories mix and balance showing and telling, the best yarns that keep us turning the page show characters acting, feeling, and responding. It’s not that you never tell. … Continue reading Wrestling with Show v. Tell
So, you’re a committed writer. But you’re struggling with your confidence and competence. Writing everyday will certainly help boost your confidence (some days) and build your competence (most days). I talk with aspiring writers all the time who lack confidence in their competence. They have a story to tell, but do not fill equipped to … Continue reading Wednesday Writers Pad: Are You a Competent Writer?
Our guest speaker at the monthly gathering of writers hosted by the Writers Guild of Texas (of which I'm a Board Member), gave the crowd a number of fabulous ideas geared to helping individuals write every day. Nathan Brown, former writing instructor at the University of Oklahoma and Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, shared a number … Continue reading Are You Committed to Writing Everyday?