like some incessant mantra that writing teachers
chant at their students but do they really
hear? Show, dont TELL!
Publishers and editors too will
throw the phrase at you, with a patronizing air,
as though you have deliberately not done so. What
do you do in these situations? Simply shrug and
move on? Show, DONT tell... The reading public, strangely,
seems completely oblivious to the distinction,
except in an obvious, vote with their feet way
that is: authors that SHOW always outsell
authors that TELL by about 100
to 1! SHOW, dont TELL.
I cant stress how important
it is to grasp the profound difference between
showing and telling in your writing.
And what a powerful impact it can make to
your readers, of course, but more especially to
your chances of being taken seriously by the
So, take the advice, okay? Show, and do not tell.
Yes, but what does the phrase actually mean?
Do you know what one ingredient all best-selling
novels have in common? Are you thinking they are
all great stories written by brilliant authors?
They all sold plenty of copies at the bookstores?
Perhaps - but there's one common ingredient every
one of those best-selling writers includes into
The one trait that keeps readers hooked from
beginning to end...
quality that has editors begging for more
ingredient your story should have, too...
know what it is?
authors of these books are masters in the art of showing
you like to see your own novel up on those
best-seller lists, too?
face it - an editor is going to show a preference
for a professionally written manuscript,
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your chances of success are maximized.
of showing your story to your readers versus
telling them about it is not a skill that comes
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