When you start writing your book, it is like almost becomes your teacher on how to write. Everyone will tend to tell you that you should show and not just tell, begin your story with action or embellish your story to make it sound "sweet." In other words, people are fond of spitting advice in your face as if they are part and parcel of your ideas. Well and good that they form part of the audience that will be reading your stuff but if you are not careful, you may end up getting perplexed for no good reason if you are gullible. This piece will help you know which advice to take and which advice is garbage you need to discard.
In case the idea of a show doesn't tell in writing is new to you, know that this writing idea has been there for a very long time and any writer should pay very close attention to this. Though there before this writing approach was not phrased like this, top authors have been using it as a trick to succeeding in their writing careers, and this is the main reason why they are called the best authors of all times.
Get things right here; what is the meaning of show don't tell. To start with, do not confuse this with your days in kindergarten when you used to bring your pet into the class to show. Show don't tell in writing means the way the author describes his or her experience that he or she went through. It is all about showing feelings, relationships and actions instead of just narrating to the reader what happened. This is what creates a deeper connection and brings the reader close. Now you get it right how this writing style makes the reader feel stronger and deeper about your story because it invests the reader and creates empathy. This is precisely what every other reader needs. Click here for more.
A superb example of where you can use this technique is when you are doing your book introduction. Show don't tell a compelling way that draws readers all the way from the book introduction to the end of the book. Does this sound hard to you? Fret not here are simple examples which you may have come across in various books. "I heard them talk just next to my bedroom window curtain, and I heard it all, and this made the situation scarier."
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