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Examples of "Show Vs. Tell"

If you're an author, aspiring or published, chances are you've heard of "show vs. tell," but that doesn't necessarily mean you have a solid grasp on what it means. At times I struggle with the concept myself, as evidenced by the "Stop telling!" comments my editor makes on the early drafts of my novels.I recently read a book that helped me understand why it's so important to show and not tell. Throughout the novel the author explicitly told me how the characters were feeling or what they were…See More
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Three Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors

Every author has a different way of getting to the finish line, but is there a best way? Expert Anne Janzer, who wrote a book called The Writer's Process, says the path to publication includes researching, thinking deeply, outlining/structuring, drafting, revising, and editing. I asked…See More
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Editing Too Much Can Hold You Back

Do you spend hours tinkering with a single paragraph to get it just right? I used to do that too. When you're not sure what to write next, do you go back and polish what you've already written? Same here. When I was writing my first novel, Perfect on Paper, I spent a lot of time tweaking every little…See More
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Editing Too Much Can Hold You Back

Do you spend hours tinkering with a single paragraph to get it just right? I used to do that too. When you're not sure what to write next, do you go back and polish what you've already written? Same here. When I was writing my first novel, Perfect on Paper, I spent a lot of time tweaking every little…See More
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"@Lisa you're welcome! That is great to hear! :)"
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Lisa Thomson commented on the blog post 'Are You Confusing These Words?'
"Great reminder! Thanks Maria. I just misused complement. I have corrected it now that i've read this :)"
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Two Easy (and Free!) Ways to Spread the Word About Your Book

By far the most common complaint I hear from authors, especially those who go the indie route, is, "I have no clue about marketing!" A close second is, "I have no money to spend on marketing!"Here are two things you can do that won't cost you more than time and effort:1.    Reach out to book clubs and offer to attend their meetings (or call in) if they select your bookA great way to find book clubs is to create a free account on meetup.com. Using keywords, you can search for appropriate groups…See More
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Are You Confusing These Words?

The following words are super easy to confuse with each other, so here's a quick explanation of the difference:Complement/Compliment, Complementary/ComplimentaryTo complement (verb)is to complete or make wholeThat necklace really complements your outfitA complement (noun) is something that completes or makes wholeThat necklace is a great complement to your outfitTo be complementary (adjective)is to go well with something, to serve to completeThat necklace is complementary to your…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Are You Confusing These Words?

The following words are super easy to confuse with each other, so here's a quick explanation of the difference:Complement/Compliment, Complementary/ComplimentaryTo complement (verb)is to complete or make wholeThat necklace really complements your outfitA complement (noun) is something that completes or makes wholeThat necklace is a great complement to your outfitTo be complementary (adjective)is to go well with something, to serve to completeThat necklace is complementary to your…See More
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Profile Information

Who I am:
The story of how I became an author is a little crazy. I used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so I quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While I was down there I decided to write a novel, which was something I'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance to land a publishing contract, and I'm now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly), plus Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and 2015 International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane. I also provide consulting services to aspiring and/or published authors. And yes, I still play a lot of soccer!
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.mariamurnane.com
@mariamurnane.com
www.mariamurnane.com/blog
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane, Katwalk and Wait for the Rain.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I'm a paid blogger for CreateSpace -- I began as a self-published author but got picked up by Amazon Publishing after a year of doing a lot of creative marketing for my first novel, so I share what I've learned about book marketing and about writing in general.
My writing is:
Fiction
Services I offer to other writers:
On my website I have two on-demand webinars for sale:

1) How to get published: learn the secrets to getting your book into print...and mistakes to avoid along the way

2) How to market a book: smart, creative advice for getting the word to the right ears

Both are available at www.mariamurnane.com
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy Wicoff

Maria Murnane's Blog

Examples of "Show Vs. Tell"

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 10:17am 0 Comments

If you're an author, aspiring or published, chances are you've heard of "show vs. tell," but that doesn't necessarily mean you have a solid grasp on what it means. At times I struggle with the concept myself, as evidenced by the "Stop telling!" comments my editor makes on the early drafts of my novels.

I recently read a book that helped me understand why it's so important to show and not tell. Throughout the novel the author explicitly told me how the characters were feeling…

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Three Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 9:49am 0 Comments

Every author has a different way of getting to the finish line, but is there a best way? Expert Anne Janzer, who wrote a book called The Writer's Process, says the path to publication includes researching, thinking deeply,…

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Editing Too Much Can Hold You Back

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 9:44am 0 Comments

Do you spend hours tinkering with a single paragraph to get it just right? I used to do that too. When you're not sure what to write next, do you go back and polish what you've already written? Same here. When I was writing my first novel, Perfect on Paper, I spent a lot of time tweaking every little…

Continue

Two Easy (and Free!) Ways to Spread the Word About Your Book

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 12:06pm 0 Comments

By far the most common complaint I hear from authors, especially those who go the indie route, is, "I have no clue about marketing!" A close second is, "I have no money to spend on marketing!"

Here are two things you can do that won't cost you more than time and effort:

1.    Reach out to book clubs and offer to attend their meetings (or call in) if they select your book

A great way to find book clubs is to create a free account on meetup.com. Using…

Continue

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At 8:50am on February 10, 2012, Diane O'Connell said…

Great to be your friend here, as well in in the "real" world!

At 11:41am on June 21, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Maria,

Welcome to She Writes. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

Jill Starishevsky

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

http://www.MyBodyBelongstoMe.com

At 7:00am on June 21, 2011, Margaret Traylor said…

Hi Maria, welcome to She Writes! We're glad to have you here. You can use the Getting Started section to help you find your way around. Let us know if you have any questions!

 

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Margaret Traylor

 
 
 

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