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How to sneak good stuff into your story.

Writing Subtext: How to craft subtext that develops characters, boosts suspense, and reinforces theme (Elizabeth Lyon on writing craft) - Elizabeth Lyon

 This is a brief how-to tutorial (around 46 pages) on how to identify places where you can eliminate spelling something out and use a variety of clever ways to let the reader infer the information using a variety of methods. Subtext is a difficult subject to grasp. This book is a quick guide for when you reach that stage in your editing and want to give it a go-through to see if you can be a little more subtle. I liked this book that I went and bought another of Ms. Lyon's writing books.