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Bring Your Writing to Life: A Writer's Guide to "Show; Don't Tell" Paperback – June 15, 2012
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Amy Michelle Wiley is a freelance author, editor, and story coach in the Pacific Northwest. She has had over sixty of her own short stories published and has helped numerous authors prepare their books for publication. She is working on her second novel and is a workshop teacher at the FaithWriters international writers’ conferences. Check out her website at www.sparrowsflight.net.
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This little booklet is packed full of wonderful suggestions. Almost every writer will struggle with the concept of show, don't tell. This book takes you through different steps to help you achieve that goal.
One might think the sentence--I'm boiling mad. is showing but in fact it is only telling. Each person handles anger differently. Something like this actually paints a picture for the reader: I clenched my jaw, as the blood rushed to my face. I could feel the vein in my forehead pulsate with each beat of my heart.
At the end of each chapter, the author offers worksheets to help the reader perfect the skill that was just learned. This interactive part is quite helpful and allows the reader a chance to practice and apply the techniques discussed in each chapter.
There is also a section about a POV shift that I personally found quite helpful. She also tackles overusing adjectives and adverbs, as well as using descriptive verbs.
This book is a must have for every writer--whether you are just starting out or have published books in the past.
Amy addresses a lot of issues that new (and even some very experienced) writers struggle with. She provides simple, easy to understand ways to deal with issues of "point of view," conveying a characters emotions with your writing, and even the best way to use adverbs and adjectives.
If you are serious about improving your writing, and in drawing your readers into your story, you need to read (and work through) "Bring Your Writing to Life."