Show, Don’t tell.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov
Don’t tell, show. In my opinion this is the most vital and difficult technique for a writer to master.
First, let’s see the difference between telling and showing. We have this sentence: John is a good father. “Telling” just relies on information: John is a good father. “Showing” in the other hand, relies on mental images : John put the story book in the drawer. He kissed his son goodnight and closed the light. See the difference?
Now, let’s examine why “showing” is, usualy, better.
1. It creates mental pictures for the reader. It is a more “vivid,” or “cinematic” way to describe a piece of prose.
2. It forces the reader to become involved in the story and bond with the characters. Although when writing we are using just words, there…
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