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Showing vs telling: ‘Show don’t tell’ in narration

Show don’t tell is one of the most abused pieces of writing advice. In her essay ‘On Rules of Writing,’ Ursula K. Le Guin writes ‘Thanks to “show don’t tell,” I find writers in my workshops who think exposition is wicked. They’re afraid to describe the world they’ve invented.’ (more…)

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Writing advice: Show, don’t tell: or should you?

“Show, don’t tell” is one of the most common pieces of advice given about writing, but should you follow this advice? In fact, sometimes you should tell (and not show). Here are some of the reasons why: First, let’s look at what the phrase means. ‘Show, don’t tell’ is often said to remind writers how […]

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