Category: Craft

  • Genre in Writing

    Genre in Writing

    This post from December 2016, has been re-edited and re-published in April, 2019. Broad and Narrow Genres Since the proliferation of Creative Writing courses in universities in the Anglo world, much has been written and said about “genre” in writing. Creative Writing contrasts with Nonfiction Writing in the broader sense. The former is the sort…

  • Another Look at Point of View

    Another Look at Point of View

    More confusion surrounds the concept of Point of View in fiction writing than any other term. One of the problems is that writers, and I have been guilty of this sin, have come to utilize Point Of View (POV) both in the broad sense of perceiving, and also as defining the three modes open to…

  • Show Don’t Tell

    Show Don’t Tell

    One of my favourite examples of “showing” is from Australian writer Tim Winton. In the following example from Cloudstreet, Lester Lamb and his sons, Quick and Fish, are netting for prawns, walking out into the water from the beach carrying the heavy nets. (This is Telling). In the following example, showing depends on the choice…

  • Alternative Narrative Approaches

    Alternative Narrative Approaches

    Are you  a planner or a laisser faire type when it comes to narrative structure?  Do you put plot, character or language first? Aristotle, in Poetics, claimed plot as the main and most important function in creating aesthetic structure. Not much has changed today, although many writers prefer to start off writing without a strict…