The Making of a Novel: Part 12


Still at it. Currently at 37,201 words, but who’s counting? I’m in the middle of a major scene, but so far, it’s only slightly more exciting than reading a phone book. He did this, she did that. “Show, don’t tell,” is something you often hear in the writer’s community. Telling is passive and abstract. Showing is active and involved. Example:

He hit him on the jaw.

He reared back with a half turn, put his considerable weight behind it, and smashed his face hard enough to loosen molars.

I need a lot more of the latter in my scene. Back to work.



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