Author Archives: Eugene Orlando

WRITING DIALECT

by Eugene Orlando If you have a foreign character who speaks with an accent, capture their sentence patterns, slang, colloquialisms, word substitutions, word omissions, and speech mannerisms. Don’t write every speech sound phonetically. Not only does it obfuscate your dialogue … Continue reading

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PORTRAYING CONVERSATION ON THE TELEPHONE

Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net As a writer, you’re supposed to write scenes like they’re straight out of a movie. Think about the movies you’ve seen. Telephone scenes can be depicted in two ways, but one of those ways only works … Continue reading

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WRITING: HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

Image by digitalart, FreeDigitalPhotos.com Is writing a craft? Why don’t many writers master their craft? It never dawns on them because they don’t think there is a craft to master—and that’s because they don’t realize how difficult it is to … Continue reading

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SHOWING VS. TELLING: A MORE DETAILED PERSPECTIVE FOR THE BEGINNER

Photo by “Kadun” Workshop Writing Advice You don’t have to pursue writing for very long before you hear the most common advice given to novices— “show don’t tell.” It sounds like it’s easy to understand, yet it is the most … Continue reading

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AN ECONOMY OF WORDS

Here’s a piece of advice about A Strategic Path to Writing Mastery or any book on writing mastery: “Do not ignore professional advice.” If you are lucky enough to get help from professional writers, don’t ignore their suggestions. If you … Continue reading

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TELLING vs SHOWING Part 3 of 3

When Telling is All Right Excerpt from A Strategic Path to Writing Mastery Showing presents evidence to the readers allowing them to live the experiences of the characters and draw their own conclusions. Showing respects the reader’s intelligence to come … Continue reading

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TELLING vs SHOWING Part 2 of 3

Excerpt from A Strategic Path to Writing Mastery  TELLING: I call this the art of “Tellography.” An author “tells” the story rather than allow the reader to live it vicariously. The advice goes: “tell” as little as possible in your … Continue reading

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TELLING vs SHOWING Part 1 of 3

Excerpt from A Strategic Path to Writing Mastery TELLING: I call this the art of “Tellography.” An author “tells” the story rather than allow the reader to live it vicariously. In my workshop sessions with my Reno Writing Clinic, I … Continue reading

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