How Telling and Not Showing Is Destroying your Story




As writers, we tend to get some pretty horrific and often useless criticisms.  I am sure you have heard “Show, Don’t Tell” a jillion times. It probably makes you want to tear your hair out. Maybe you’re wishing that you could get some actual feedback, but “Show, Don’t Tell” is actually good advice. Here are some ways you can use it to your advantage.

Think of your manuscript as a play. There are actors on the stage during a play with the narrator behind the scenes. The narrator’s purpose is to tell the audience what is happening, but it’s more interesting for the audience to watch what is happening on the stage. Try to keep the narrator out of your story as much as you can. It’s necessary to narrate, of course, but don’t let the narration tell the whole story.

For example, you might write Uncle Jeb loves…

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