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Evidence and verdicts: a simple way to understand show not tell


Re-blog by Roz Morris…

Pure Wisdom: “Showing is about evidence. Telling is about the verdict.”

Nail Your Novel

Show not tell Nail Your NovelIf there’s one major issue I find writers struggle with, it’s the difference between showing and telling. In every developmental report I write for a debut author, I find numerous instances where they would improve drastically by grasping this principle. This week I found myself explaining it again, and as I’ve been watching How To Get Away With Murder, I found myself reaching for courtroom terminology to explain …

It’s all about evidence versus verdicts. Simple, huh?

First, what is ‘show not tell’?

Show not tell is a technique that makes writing more vivid.
• It makes us feel as though we’ve been present as story events happen.
• It’s persuasive when you need to teach us something about a character, an event or even an object. (Was the car dangerous? Don’t tell us. Show it.)
• Show not tell is a great way to explain information or back…

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2 responses to “Evidence and verdicts: a simple way to understand show not tell

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris June 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Once again: thank you, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      As always, couldn’t have done it without you :-)

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