"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Gotta Feel it to Show it

As fiction (and sometimes even nonfiction!) writers, it is our job to bring our characters to life. One very important way to do that is through "showing" rather than "telling." Now, I've written on this subject before, but it was a while ago, and I'd like to think I've grown as a writer (and shower) since then.

Anyhow, my dear friend Karin Beery (a fellow Midwesterner and writer at The Barn Door) invited me to do a guest post on her blog and I, well, agreed :). I'm over at There Has To Be A Beginning today, sharing my thoughts on this very subject. Can You Relate?

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Thanks Joanne. Great advice! Do you mind my asking . . . is your husband doing alright now?

  2. Rocky - he's doing all right. On disability, but doing okay. Thanks for asking :)

  3. I tried three times to leave a comment over there on your story and couuldn't so I'm back. I'm so glad your editor caught your telling and helped you make it more showing.I know that must have made it so much better. I am guilty of telling quite often and when it is pointed out to me, I get it:)


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