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SHOW, DON’T TELL. Making your writing come to life. What is it?. When a writer uses dialogue and action in his or her writing instead of too much exposition When a scene unfolds before a reader Characters are shown who they are instead of the writer telling the reader. Why use it?.

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Show don t tell

SHOW, DON’T TELL

Making your writing come to life


What is it

What is it?

  • When a writer uses dialogue and action in his or her writing instead of too much exposition

  • When a scene unfolds before a reader

  • Characters are shown who they are instead of the writer telling the reader


Why use it

Why use it?

  • Makes the writing more effective, which makes the story more interesting!


Instead of telling

Instead of telling:

  • Mrs. Parker was nosy. She gossiped about her neighbors.


Show don t tell

Show!

  • Turning the blinds ever so slightly, Mrs. Parker could just peek through the window and see the Ford Explorer parked in the driveway. She squinted her eyes so she could get a better view of the tall, muscular man getting out of the vehicle and walking up to Mrs. Jones' front door. He rang the doorbell. When Mrs. Jones opened the door and welcomed the stranger into her home with a hug, Mrs. Parker gasped and ran to her phone.

  • "Charlotte, you are not going to believe what I just saw!" Mrs. Parker peeked out the window again to see if the man was still inside.


Instead of telling1

Instead of telling:

  • Five years ago, John Meadows married Linda Carrington. Although both had grown up in Brooklyn and didn't want to leave, John had accepted a job in Montana and moved his young family west. He found he liked the mountains and open sky, but Linda was frustrated and unhappy. This all became clear the night they attended a party at their neighbors' house.


Show don t tell

Show!

  • "I told you I didn't want to go to this," Linda said as she stood beside John on their neighbors' steps. "It's just going to be as lame as every other party we've been to since we got here."

  • "You used to love parties," John said, avoiding eye contact.

  • "Yeah, well, that was back in Brooklyn. But Montana isn't Brooklyn."

  • "No," He looked at the mountains colored flame by the setting sun, the sky he had come to love. Then he looked at Linda, glowering even before they went inside. In five years of marriage, she had changed so much. They both had.

  • He pressed the doorbell."[1]


When to use it

When to use it

  • When a scene’s action is important

  • When writing about a conflict


Your mission if you choose to accept it

Your mission if you choose to accept it

  • Write me a letter about how you can not do your RRN this week.

  • You can use any excuse you want (dog eating notebook, tornado, abduction by aliens, etc.)

  • YOU MUST SHOW, NOT TELL!

  • DUE FRIDAY


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