Sharing a post about the PROBLEM with “Show, don’t tell.”

Today, author Misha Burnett has an excellent blog post about why “Show, don’t tell” may actually be bad advice for writers: Are you a storyteller or a storyshower?”

If you’re a writer (or a reader who has been tricked into thinking that any telling in a work of fiction is a mark of Bad Writing), you should read his post.

 

 

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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1 Response to Sharing a post about the PROBLEM with “Show, don’t tell.”

  1. sjhigbee says:

    Yes – I’d agree that there has to be a balance and you’re right, there is definitely a place for telling, too. But it is a mistake that new writers often make, to spend too much time telling EITHER details the reader can work out anyway, OR producing pages of exposition, when a couple of scenes where we are in the character’s head and alongside her reactions would be more effective and pacy.

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