Lesson #1 – Emotion Telling
In this lesson, you will learn the differences between showing and telling and why showing will add depth and emotion to your novel. You will also learn how to identify one of the most noxious forms of telling: emotion telling.
Lesson #2 – Body Language
In this lesson, you will learn how to use body language in your writing to eliminate telling and make your characters come alive!
Lesson #3 – Mood-setting Descriptions
In this lesson, you will learn how to create the perfect setting for any scene and how setting descriptions have an often-overlooked power to be one of the most effective emotion-building techniques in the writer’s toolbox.
Lesson #4 – Sensations
In this lesson, you will learn the difference between internal and external sensations and how they can both be used to show your characters’ emotions in powerful ways.
Lesson #1 – Overview Telling
In this lesson, you will learn how overviews sap life out of stories and how to spot overview telling in your own writing. You will also learn how to overcome overview telling.
Lesson #2 – Live Scenes
In this lesson, you will come to grasp on a deep level exactly how to write a live scene (the opposite of overview telling).
Lesson #3 – Point Of View Telling
In this lesson, you will learn how easy it is to use your character’s point of view (aka their internal monologue) as a platform for telling. This is one of the worst plagues in modern literature, but you are going to learn how to avoid it and use your character’s point of view as a platform for showing instead.
Lesson #4 – Moralist Telling
In this lesson, you will learn how to spot when you are using telling to make a moral or philosophical point.
Lesson #5 – A Crash Course In Theme
In this lesson, you will learn all the fundamentals of theme. This will help you write powerful stories that convict, probe, and inspire, all the while entertaining your reader. With these tools, you will no longer have to rely on the unproductive and unartistic technique of moralist telling.
Lesson #6 – Generalization Telling
In this lesson, you will how generalization can creep into your writing in many ways and how this damages your prose. You will also learn how to combat this with solid details that bring your story to life.
Lesson #7 – Import Telling
In this lesson, you will learn how to avoid using telling to convey to your reader the import or significance of any detail in your story and how to use showing instead.