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message 1: by Lissa (new)

Lissa Archer wrote: "I think, after what you've told me, I will only read this if I have nothing left to read. Brilliant review. "

I think it might be just a tad too girly for you.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Great review. What is the difference between telling and showing? By the way, my book starts with dialogue. My books always start with dialogue ;)

Can't wait to see what you think of Supernaturally!

message 3: by Lissa (last edited Sep 21, 2011 01:48PM) (new)

Lissa I will take an example from Beth Revis' blog to illustrate the difference between telling and showing. It lies in the verb.
It was cold. = Telling
Amy shivered in the cold. = Boring showing
Amy shivered: the cold seemed to reach all the way through her skin and into her heart. = Good showing.

However, you simply cannot write an entire novel showing the whole thing. Sometimes it's appropriate to tell. An author needs to find the middle ground, a mixture of the two.

BTW I don't think there's anything wrong with starting a novel with dialogue, it's just looking for advice on what grabs an agent/editor's attention we are constantly battered over the head NOT to use dialogue. But as always, there is an exception to every rule.

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh boy. I fear writing like a cliche when I "show" write too much.


"Her heart hammered in her chest so hard, it reverberated into the floorboards, causing the wood beneath her feet to crack."

Is that why it's best never to use the word "heart" in a novel? lol!

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm avoiding the cheese, by being aware of cliche. I don't want my writing to come across as trying too hard. Also, my books are mainly about the story. If the way I tell it doesn't adhere to "the rules" about writing, then oh well! ;)

message 6: by Lissa (new)

Lissa Oh, really? I might have to check out the first book, then.

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