Show, Don’t Tell

Every writer has heard “Show, Don’t Tell” over and over again, but Beem Weeks explained it so well on Story Empire, I thought I’d share it with you.

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Greetings, SE’ers. Beem Weeks here with you again! This month, I’ll be sharing a little insight into the art of Show, Don’t Tell!  

 

Show, Don’t Tell

“Show, don’t tell!”

If you’re a writer, you have heard this mantra before. But what exactly does this mean? Is it really that important to know? Will it make you a better writer? How does one show their story rather than just plain old telling it?

Today, we’re going to examine this mystical “Show, Don’t Tell!”

How do we show a scene in our writing? The famous Mark Twain quote on the subject goes something like this: “Don’t just say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream!”

One online writing site breaks it down as simple as possible: Showing is what happens when three writing traits come together to paint a picture in a reader’s mind: idea development (choosing memorable details),

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