Anton

Show, don’t tell

Show, Don't Tell

What it means

Telling

Giving your reader conclusions and interpretations. You tell them what to think instead of letting them think for themselves.

Showing

Means you provide your readers with enough concrete vivid details, so they can draw their own conclusions.

Telling

telling is giving your readers a second hand report afterwards

lets reader’s experiences the events first hand though the five sensed of the character.

Showing

lets readers experience the events firsthand through the five senses of the character.

Telling

is like reading about an accidentin  the paper the day after.

Showing

Is like witnessing the accident the moment it happens, hearing the screech of the metal, and screams of the injured.

Telling

summarises events, that happened in the past, or gives general states that don’t happen at any time.

Showing

Let’s readers witness events in real time in actual scenes with action and dialogue. We stay in the present ent firmly rooted in the Point of View (POV).

Telling

telling the reader what to think instead of letting them think for themselves. 

Showing

means that you provide your readers with enough concrete, vivid details so that they can draw their own conclusions.

 

Telling

gives you the facts.

Showing

evokes emotions.

Telling

is called narrative summary.

Showing

is dramatization.

Gerth, Sandra. Show, Don’t Tell: How to write vivid descriptions, handle backstory, and describe your characters’ emotions.. Ylva Publishing. 2016

Three young business professionals standing together and discussing over business report

These three people are actively engaged. The man, and the woman in the middle, are leaning forward, enraptured by what the woman on the left is saying. All three are smiling.

Boring presentation.

Here you have four people: one is sleeping, one is yawning, and one can barely keep his eyes open. Then there is the woman on the left, and she appears angry. Even though we can't see who they are looking at -- I'm glad it's not me!

If you were reading a book...

would you prefer to feel like the people in Picture One or picture Two?

I hope you picked Picture One. If not, go to the back of the class!

Summary

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