I found this great link about how we teach writing on my bud's blog, TalkToUniverse, and it really got me thinking. I've run into this many a time while trying to explain things to folks, and I've been just as confused by the terms in the past. As writers, whose jobs it is to communicate through words, we don't always make it easy on new writers.
In a nutshell for those who don't click over, Les Edgerton talks about the words we use when teaching writing and how confusing they can be if you don't know what we mean when we say X. His example is "start with action" and how that doesn't mean "blow things up."
I thought it might be a good idea to talk about, and define, some of the common teaching words and phrases we use that often boggle a new writer. I'll turn it into a tab post once I fully figure out how to get those suckers working, so newcomers to the blog can easily get a quick lesson on how to understand writing words.
I started this post, then realized there are probably a ton of things that I don't see as "unclear" now because I know what they mean. So let's toss it back to your guys. What are the words, or writing advice that has stymied you over the years or took you the longest time to figure out.
Start with the action
Show don't tell
You need a hook
Plot vs story
It can be stuff you're struggling with now or stuff that's boggled you in the past.