Show and don’t tell! Times change when you’re having fun. What do your readers prefer? Show, Tell or a bit of both?
by Georgio Konstandi
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King, Novelist
A few days ago, I made my first appearance at a local literature festival (Trent Academy Lit Fest 2017), where I held a question and answer session at a student book club and held four creative writing workshops for young enthusiasts. As well as watching incredible, fresh imagination at work, I was intrigued to observe the writing technique of some of these aspiring authors.
As I set my writers a variety of fiction exercises, I soon began to notice a recurring technical pattern that often prevented their prose from breaking into the realms of excellence. Interestingly, it was the same mistake I myself had struggled to overcome throughout my early teenage years. That is, the mistake of telling, not showing.
What do I mean by this?
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