I was 16 years old and sitting in a media studies class sitting next to my friend. My friend has nothing to do with this story, but I was sitting next to him. We were watching this teen movie — The Breakfast Club, and learning all about stereotypes. …

You’ve been told to show, show, show, but when is it okay to stop showing and tell moments in your story. People have different opinions on this but I think: Never.

Writing your story is about showing through introspection. If your character is numb, or they’re just watching the world go by with no thoughts, feelings, or opinions of their own, then it is okay to write “Lily walked over to the coffee pot and picked up a blue mug.” Why is it suddenly okay to write like that? Because this is still introspection. The character is not interested in the action, they may be distracted, or perhaps they are not feeling, they have no rections or opinions; perhaps they have just experienced something traumatic and they are just going through the motions of their life.

It is never okay to tell.

Breathe in 1…2…3… You’re staring at an empty page, it’s blank. Nothing but an abyss to suck you into the greatest story of all time or an invisible chain that is about to be tied around your ankles to keep you at the desk forever.

Honestly, it’s up to you…

Breathe in 1…2…3… You’re staring at an empty page, it’s blank. Nothing but an abyss to suck you into the greatest story of all time or an invisible chain that is about to be tied around your ankles to keep you at the desk forever.

Honestly, it’s up to you…

Livvy Skelton-Price

Novel Writer.

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