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On Writing

Tony Rossiter explores great words from great writers

“‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’ ANTON CHEKHOV”

It’s that old ‘show, don’t tell’ thing. By putting a specific, detailed image in front of your readers, you draw them into the scene and compel them to experience and interpret what they see and feel for themselves. Showing usually makes the writing more interesting and more effective. It compels readers to create their own mental picture and to become directly involved in the story, deducing facts from the information they’re given. It’s interactive and participatory.

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Free your mind! In the new issue of Writing Magazine we look at finding new ways to expand your creative horizons. We also take a look at editing, and offer a practical plan to take your work from messy manuscript to a clean draft that will impress editors. In our star interview, Joanne Harris talks about folklore, fairy tales and sprinkling magic into your fiction. Plus inspiring ideas, practical exercises, success stories, writing prizes to win and much, much more!

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