Articles by Emily Ulrich

About Emily Ulrich (2 Articles)
A lifelong fanfiction aficionado, Emily Ulrich is an unashamed lover of the bad guys, her fandom of choice being Star Wars. She is a student at Emerson College and plans to study Computer Animation.

The Art of Fanfic Feedback

December 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Being friends with a fanfic writer isn’t always easy. Pages upon pages of instant messages about that weird idea that just won’t leave them alone, random texts in the middle of the night about the latest plot hole they’ve encountered, and hours spent coaching them through the ever-so-common “oh man, no one’s gonna like this, my writing is crap, I hope I’m reincarnated as a clam” existential crisis that all writers go through. No, there’s never a dull moment when you’re friends //

Show, Don’t Tell: Why Action Speaks Louder Than Words in Fiction Writing

October 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

book with birds flying out
Far and away, the most common piece of writing advice given to budding authors is “show, don’t tell.” Don’t just tell the reader about the setting, the characters, or the story, show it to them. After all, in fiction writing, actions speak louder than words. It’s solid advice. Seeing something is more fun than just being told them about it, but it fails to answer the next logical question: what does “showing” even mean? This is the roadblock that most beginning writers get //