Thursday, August 11, 2011
Writing Tips- Show Don't Tell
1. Know what is meaningful and what is mundane. Tell the boring stuff, the dull filler in between scenes. Show the interesting stuff. Also, showing is vivid, but if you show everything, nothing stands out.
2. You need to bridge the gap between your mind and the reader's. Reader's experiences are all different so they deduce different pictures from your words. Allow them to draw those pictures, don't explain everything in such detail that you stifle their creativity.
3. A writer needs to make visible the invisible. For example, you "tell" that the character is smiling, this also shows their invisible feelings of fun and friendship or happiness.
So, when do you show?
1. When you need the reader to infer something.
2. To call attention to something in the story.
3. When you want the reader to feel something.
When do you tell?
1. At scene breaks or to jump in time.
2. To summarize mundane events.
What do you show?
1. What is meaningful.
2. What helps reader's over the gap.
3. What makes visible the invisible.
What do you tell?
1. Everything else.
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