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Attention to writing craft

Telling rather than showing is a clichéd piece of criticism in writing workshops. But really the advice to “show don’t tell” has to do with many layers of writing, not just with providing more detail as most novice writers mistakenly believe.

January 20, 2014
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Eliminating Needless Filters in your Writing

A difficult concept to grasp, second only to narrative point of view, may be filtering. I never felt connected with any character in Jack’s* manuscript.

July 29, 2010
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Burroway and the language to Revise

Revision is not proofreading or copyediting. Revision is not accessing the thesaurus and subbing in big words. God no. Revision sometimes involves a restructuring of an entire manuscript.

July 22, 2010
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Back to Basics and Burroway

Jack* is a writer without any education in the craft of writing. He has inspiration, talent, and time, and has composed a strong story. Good plot, good conflict, good resolution. 

July 15, 2010
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