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Can TV Shows Help Us Hook Our Readers?

Writers Helping Writers: Deepen Your Craft with Resident Writing Coach Jami Gold

It’s time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Writers Helping Writers, and this time we’re talking about the lessons we can learn from TV writing that might help us with scene and chapter hooks.

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September 11, 2018

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What Does It Mean to Create Layered Characters?

Slice of onion with text: Revealing Layers of Our Characters

In the writing world, we’ve probably heard the advice to create layers in our stories and characters. But the word layers can refer to many different aspects of writing, so let’s take a deeper look at one aspect of layering: character layers.

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September 4, 2018

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Can We Apply Writing Lessons to Our Life?

Silhouette of hand tossing basketball toward net with text: Do We "Try Again"? Applying Writing Lessons to Life

After we had to say goodbye to our cat last weekend and were debating the “right” time to get a new pet, I was reminded of a lesson from the writing world. When we encounter problems, the advice isn’t to give up or wait a year. It’s to try, try again.

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August 23, 2018

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Showing vs. Telling: The Power of Context

Man's head down on a table with text: Sleepy? Or Depressed? Showing Needs Context

The implication of the advice to “show, don’t tell” is that showing is “better” than telling when our story actually needs both. Let’s explore what “show, don’t tell” really means when it comes to storytelling.

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August 16, 2018

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Beyond Visuals: How to “Show” with Other Senses

Two women walking blindfolded with text: Beyond the Limits of Visual Cues

The word showing obviously makes us think visually, but same as us, our characters experience the world through more than just their visual sense. What are our options for showing beyond visual descriptions? Can we create a deeper world by engaging other senses?

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August 14, 2018

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Showing vs. Telling: Don’t Assume Showing Is Better

Stacks of Lego blocks with text: Worldbuilding: When Telling Is Required

In the writing world, we often hear the advice to “show, don’t tell.” I’ve mentioned before that telling isn’t bad or something to be avoided at all costs, and a fantastic post by Cecilia Tan points out how the advice can actually be harmful.

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August 9, 2018

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