“Drop the thesaurus!” he exhorted.

I ran across a horrifying article the other day: Writer Synonyms for the Word “Said”. Judging by the comments, a lot of wannabe writers believe it. This advice is, in a word, bad. Worse still, it’s everywhere. Continue reading


Tell Me More

“In short, you have all the social prospects of a garden gnome.” – Cosimo, The Skin Map


     One of the most-loved adages in the writing world is the infamous “show not tell.” Most of us were raised to live and breathe this principle, and our writing thanks us for it. Continue reading