Monday, April 26, 2010

Words of wisdom from the Query Shark

Posted Saturday, on #156:

Really good novels don't have everything on the page. Really good novels are like spiderwebs: the filaments, words, are important but the space they create, the unspoken, is what makes it beautiful.

You must trust your readers to make intuitive jumps with you and to know some of why things happen. They'll be able to do this easily if you write it by SHOWING, not telling.


Beautifully wonderful advice I thought I'd share, in case any of you don't follow the Query Shark blog. Which you absolutely should. So get over there. Now. You can thank me later.

5 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

Great advice!!!
It's a lesson I'm learning the long hard way :)

Tere Kirkland said...

This is just what I needed to hear today, with the revisions I'm doing to Strings. What would we do without Query Shark? ;)

Thanks, Jess!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great advice! And something I'm working on. :)

Little Ms J said...

I'd like to show a few words how to find my freaking computer screen right now. Damn block.

Great advice.

Snarl.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I agree. What was the scariest monster on the movie screen that you ever ALMOST saw? The word is ALMOST.

What is left to our imagination is the most potent in what we read. Only a suggestion is best. Thanks for the post, Roland