Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

In many books, authors tell the readers how the characters feel (bored, scared, worried, etc.) such as, “she heard a sound coming from the shadow and was scared.” While succinct and convenient at conveying the character’s emotions, this technique is also superficial and bland. Showing emotions can add depth to both scenes and characters, making a book much more entertaining and engaging for the reader. “She heard a sound coming from the shadow. Her throat clenched and she held her breath as she slowly tried to hide behind the bush, even though she knew it was not nearly large enough.” The links below can help authors improve their skills at showing, not telling.

Avoid feel/felt

This Formula Solves the “Show, Don’t Tell” Writing Dilemma Once and For All

Know When to Show and When to Tell 

Showing and Telling: How They Help Control Your Story’s Length 

Tips to Avoid “Telling” Writing in Personal Narratives and Fiction

Stages of Attraction – Show, Don’t Tell

How to Balance the Show, Don’t Tell Rule for perfectly written descriptions

Descriptive Writing Using All 57 Senses


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