Show Don’t Tell: A Writer’s Guide
If one hears one thing from every single writing instructor it's, "Show, don't tell." "Don't tell us he's afraid of losing her, show us!" "Don't tell us it's a richly decorated room, show us!" "Don't tell us the Russian tundra is cold, show us!" Easier said than done, and no one ever wrote a book on how to do it, that is until William Noble wrote this classic work a decade ago. From the use of dialogue to employing melodrama to developing incidents and anecdotes, Show Don’t Tell explains how to entertain your readers instead of lecturing to them. Written in Noble's absorbing voice, Show Don't Tell illustrates how to develop a dramatic framework using similes and metaphors, a focused point of view, steady pacing, increasing tension, and an appeal to the senses to create solid dramatic impact. In other words, how to show, not tell! Perfect for novelists, short story writers, and those interested in writing creative nonfiction.
- The Write Thought, December 2009
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