Helpful blog that needs to be shared.
By Kristine Carlson Asselin
I’m often asked to present my workshop on the differences between “showing” in your writing vs. “telling” in your writing. I thought I’d share some of that workshop here, for you!
Have you ever been told that you “tell” too much in your writing; that you need to “show” more? What does that even mean?
“Show, don’t tell.”
When an agent or editor says this about your writing, they mean:
- Don’t just tell me the story…show me, using your words.
- Place the reader INTO the story. This is especially important in first person POV—but also equally important in close third.
- Use the senses to bring the reader along for the ride. Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, Smell.
- Use specificity
For example…in my first draft of a YA contemporary romance, I might describe the love interest this way. This is Telling:
- I watched John walk into the…
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