Show or Tell? A Powerful Lesson on a Crucial Writing Skill
by James Thayer
Kindle Edition: 43 pages
The New York Times Book Review said James Thayer's "writing is smooth and clear. It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve." Just as stent and laparoscopy are surgery terms of art, show and tell are writing terms of art. They refer to a technique that novelist Robert Sawyer says is “among the hardest for beginners to master.” Showing rather than telling is the single most important skill for powerful sentence-by-sentence writing. This lesson sets out what showing and telling mean, and illustrates how to consistently show rather than tell, and will result in your writing becoming more compelling and engaging for the reader. "Thayer writes a vivid tale," the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. This lesson will help you write your own vivid tale.
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- Dialogue Tips & Traps: A Guide for Fiction Writers
- Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail
- Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story
- Writing Subtext: How to craft subtext that develops characters, boosts suspense, and reinforces theme (Elizabeth Lyon on writing craft Book 1)
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