4 Do’s and Don’ts of “Show, Don’t Tell” (via Global Mysteries)

I’m officially on vacation! To truly celebrate I’m not going to stress about writing my posts this week. Nancy over at Global Mysteries wrote a great piece about showing and not telling that I would like to share instead. Enjoy!

4 Do’s and Don’ts of “Show, Don’t Tell” When an editor says, “Show, don’t tell,” what exactly does that mean? It’s more than a string of adjectives or details. Showing allows the author to tell the story through the action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings of character's. Perhaps this list of do’s and don’ts will clarify. When an author “shows” s/he: • makes description part of the action. Not: The floor was old. But: The worn floor creaked with each footstep on the warped boards. … Read More

via Global Mysteries


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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6 Responses to 4 Do’s and Don’ts of “Show, Don’t Tell” (via Global Mysteries)

  1. I consider it a great compliment that you like my posting, considering what a fabulous blogger you are.

    • tsuchigari says:

      [Blushing] Thanks for having great material to chose from! When I was going through the posts in my email yours resonated with me. Showing and not telling does not come naturally yet, and I crave the day when it finally does.

  2. nrhatch says:

    Have a wonderful vacation . . . and PERFECT pick of a Guest Blog for Monday morning motivation.

  3. oldancestor says:

    Well said, Nancy. Nothing will improve a writer’s craft more than embracing this concept.

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