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I’m starting a new book on Wattpad called ‘Writing Tips 101: How to be A Good Writer’. In here I’m going to be sharing what I have learnt in my years of writing. I’m not a professional (yet!) but I know enough that I can share with others.

Every time I post a new part with a new tip, I will post the link in a new blog so everyone on here can benefit. I am open to all questions, suggestions and comments.

I’m really excited about this. I love writing and I love helping people become better writers.

Keep your eyes peeled, I will be commencing as soon as I’ve created a cover. 🙂

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A while ago I wrote a blog titled An important message for writers: show, don’t tell. In this I gave my own experience on how I learnt the very valuable lesson of  ‘show don’t tell’. Today I am here to expand on that and tell you another important thing… it’s okay to have some telling in your novel!

Yes, showing rather than telling is vital to make a story flow well. However, if you have an entire novel of nothing but ‘show’ it’s very tiresome. You need to have a certain amount of telling to make the story enjoyable.

So what has brought this on, you may ask? I recently decided to trial a new critique partner. I already have one, a very good one at that, but I  have been encouraged to trial two or three because everyone has varying amounts of knowledge. Well this new one I got critiqued my first chapter and at every point where there was a bit of ‘telling’ she would highlight it and say ‘this should be shown not told’.

Now don’t get me wrong, I accept criticism well. I’m more than happy to make changes when something isn’t right in my story. But as I read her comments and tried to change the so-called ‘telling’ bits to ‘show’ I realised I couldn’t do it. These parts had to be told. There was no possible way I could ‘show’ them without overdoing it.

So my point is, don’t be afraid to have some telling in your story. You need to be balanced. Make sure you show where it’s possible to do so but back it up with some telling too.

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