Here is my latest post over at Today’s Author. Check it out and let me know what you think.
“Show, don’t tell.” Great advice for any writer and the advice that annoys me the most. Seriously, it’s irritating on many levels, not the least of which is that it is spot on in most cases. The problem isn’t with the suggestion, but rather with the delivery. The first writing workshop I attended that discussed this failed to offer any examples of what this looked like. Instead of explanation and example there were vague threats like:
Your work will never be accepted if you don’t learn how to ‘Show and not tell.’
Great, not only did I not understand what it was, but now if I didn’t do it I’d be branded as an ignorant failure.
I’ve also had teachers who’ve taken their time to explain, shown examples and offered suggestions in my writing on how to achieve this. Still, even with time and practice, it can be difficult to…
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