April 28th, 2010

Re-Write Wednesday: Don't Tell me Why

This is a great article from Janice Hardy's blog.  Showing not telling is one of my biggest problems; it invariably sneaks up on me followed closely by tricksy passive voice.

I talk about character goals and motivation a lot, because they're the backbone of any story. But sometimes, they can be a red flag that you're telling and not showing. Little words that slip in without us even noticing and lead us down the wrong path. So here are some words to keep an eye on, and things to look for during revisions.

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And speaking of tricksy passive voice, when is was okay?