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Show, don’t tell. The difference explained.

Show, don’t tell. Built-in past is called “exposition” and requires explanations so the reader can understand what is happening now. In its very nature, this is ‘telling’ rather than showing. Showing, on the other hand, makes use of evocative description.

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Set-pieces aka key scenes

Every story needs memorable moments. These moments are set-pieces and they lead the reader right up to the final destination. Each set piece is a major scene, or turning point. It changes the story and the characters, giving it a new direction. It gives the reader something to look forward to.

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The 7 Tools of Narration

As a writer you have seven tools in your tool belt that you can use to tell your story. Action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion, description, flashbacks and narrative summary. Learn the differences, how and when to use it and don’t forget to vary, to avoid wearing your reader out.