Show, not Tell

There are 3 rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Lesson 6

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We’ve learned a lot of lessons this week but we’re going to sum it up before breaking it down.


When people tell you sheepishly that they don’t like something, listen to them. Chances are that there’s going to be someone else (out if the millions of people who will read it when it hits the shelves because we both know you have a best-seller) who doesn’t like that same something. It might be a character, it might be a phrase, but it’s something and there’s surely a way to rewrite it (you’re a genius, you can do it!).

I’m saying this because receiving critiques can be hard. Everyone has confidence and pride in what they do–especially what they write–and when someone has the balls to point out that you’re not perfect, it’s usually a good idea to listen. That way you can be more perfect.

More perfect is good.


Written by Jessica Lei

August 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

Posted in Critiques, Lessons

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