TO ‘SHOW NOT TELL’ BY K J ROLLINSON

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Often authors are told do adopt ‘a show not tell’ approach to their writing. This is a technique employed in various kinds of texts to enable the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author’s narrative and description. The goal is not to drown the reader in heavy-handed adjectives, but rather to allow readers to interpret significant details in the text.

‘Show, don’t tell’ should not be applied to all incidents in a story. According to James Scott Bell – Sometimes a writer ‘tells’ as a shortcut, to move quickly to the meaty part of the story. ‘Showing’ is essentially about making scenes vivid. If you try to do it constantly, the parts that are supposed to stand out won’t, and your readers will get exhausted.’Showing’ requires more words; ‘telling’ may cover a greater span of time more concisely. A book…

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