Posted on 05/25/2021 at 11:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two of the most basic pieces of writing advice are “show, don’t tell” and “write what you know.”

That advice is at the root of two recent posts from writing experts that we thought were worth sharing.

Writer’s Digest editor Moriah Richard expands on the former in a post about common mistakes that inexperienced writers make.

To address it, she recommends including sensory details to bring the story to life (and shares examples).

As for the former, editor Tiffany Yates Martin isn’t telling you to stick to autobiographical fiction.

Rather, she’s encouraging you to reflect on how you’ve felt your emotions manifest themselves so that you can include those details in a similar moment for your characters.

Read her advice on using your own emotions to deepen characterization at Jane Friedman’s blog.

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