Quick Link: The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

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I know, I know. We share a lot of “show don’t tell” posts. But in my defence, I think it is one of those subjects that seems easy until you try and do it and this is a really great post by  at Pub Crawl. She has some excellent examples.

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The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Let’s start with the real nitty-gritty. What does it mean to “show” or “tell” in your writing?One simple way of thinking about it is this:

  • Writing that “shows” creates a mental image and lets the reader draw conclusions about what’s happening.
  • Writing that “tells” explains what’s happening and provides the writer’s own conclusions.

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