Tag Archives: psychology

Anatomy of the e-book blurb: who ya gonna call?

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but everybody does. In fact, we do it twice. First we judge the cover based on its image, often from…

Why showing is both more and less than telling

Every writer has probably heard the advice, “Show, don’t tell,” but very few teachers can explain what they mean by that. It seems to be one of those “you know…

INCEPTION: How to make a reader feel an emotion

Elsewhere, I’ve talked about the theory that causing people to think in a way associated with a particular mood can often cause them to experience the mood itself. Before today,…

A writer’s trick: the sore tooth gambit

I recently reconnected with an old friend from my competitive Scrabble days when he dropped a note on one of my posts. Digging deeper, I discovered an article on his…