On telling instead of showing, the question you should be asking, and the true purpose of dialogue

Tips

1. Create a compelling character by focusing on how they answer questions: How Does Your Character Answer Questions?

2. Why you’re probably asking the wrong questions when figuring out your novel…and what question you should be asking instead: Overcome Your Book Doubts By Asking WHY

3. The true purpose of dialogue and the elements of good dialogue: Let’s Talk about Dialogue 

4. You always hear that it’s better to show than to tell. But sometimes that’s not true: 5 situations where it’s better to tell than show in your fiction

5. Are there guns in your story? Chuck Dixon debunks common gun mistakes writers make: Stupid Gun Mistakes EVERY Writer Makes

6. Looking to start a blog? Anne R. Allen has tips for creating a sustainable author blog: How to Create a Blog that Can Grow With Your Career

Motivation

persistence

Image from Flickr user Mark Dixon, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Inspiration

by_the_banyan_tree_by_altalamatox-d89jdxb

When the volcano erupted, the tree spirits emerged…

This week’s flash fiction writing prompt is “By the Banyan Tree” by Deviant Art user Altalamatox. See the full-size image and more of Altalamatox’s awesome work at the link!

Did you use the prompt? Send us the link (quillandspire@gmail.com). Our favourites will be featured in the next issue.

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