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Friday, February 4, 2011

How to Show Not Tell

If you've taking any sort of writing course, or read any articles on creative writing, you are bound to have come across the phrase "Show don't Tell". Click here to read my article on "How to Show Not Tell".
Let me know if you find it useful, or if you have any other tricks for Showing not Telling.


  1. It is also important, I've found, that hints remain with the reader long after the blatant description of a scene. And likewise the description of characters by their language, rather than a verbal portrait, as both these techniques require the reader to be an active participant.
    Just my own perspective.

  2. Thank you Nina, that was a very interesting article about something that is still a bit of an Achilles-heel for me, and many aspiring authors.

    That exercise you mentioned is a great idea! I'll be sure to try that out a few times, sounds brilliant.

  3. This is what I try to do, though I am annoyed that it doesn't come naturally. I have to try to keep it in mind. Or replace a lot of TELL with SHOW in the edit. I'm learning slowly - writing my first novel is the very best way to learn creative writing, taking lessons online (such as this one) as you go. Trial and error is almost abusive, but it works. ;D New follower btw. Shah .X