"You definitely added more tools to my writing toolbox...Thank you!" -- Genene Valleau
"You gave valuable info regarding the use of telling and showing and now better understand when to use them in my writing." -- Gerry Jove
Show, don't tell has become a cliché - but there’s truth as well as a caution.
Good stories need dramatic scenes, but they also need strong narrative passages to connect those scenes: a writer really needs both showing and telling skills.
Tips, tricks, and techniques to improve fiction narrative, identify when it's time to tell, and a set of exercises to make your scenes come to life.
1) Breaking it Down: What's showing and what's telling
2) Transitions and Word Count: Where telling really helps
3) Better Descriptions: Telling that a reader won't skip
4) Subtext: Showing underneath the surface
5) Showing More: Pulling a reader into a scene
6) Deep Viewpoint: Showing a character's inner world
7) Showing and Telling: Mixing it up
8) Writing to your Strengths
9) Summing it all Up
Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, the Laurel Wreath, the Winter Rose, the Bookseller's Best, and multiple finalists other contests. Her work has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."
Her Regency romances are now available as eBooks, and she has had novellas published in several anthologies, has had young adult horror stories published and is the author of several computer games. Currently, she is a member of several chapters of RWA, and she is a past-president of the Beau Monde, Regency Chapter of RWA. She has spoken at past writer conferences, including RWA's national conference, and regularly gives workshops online. Her abiding passions include--besides writing--her dogs, reading, gardening, painting, belly dancing, and the ever present horses in her life. She can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter.com/sdwriter.