Style in Writing

One great reminder about Show vs Tell. I like moderation.

Nicholas C. Rossis

It was a dark and stormy night (photo from  futurebuddha.net) It was a dark and stormy night (photo from futurebuddha.net)

The inspiration for the post came to me when reading a post on the excellent Reddest Pen, called Show AND Tell.

The author, Tom Mock, stood up in defense of telling; a form of expression that has become more uncool than a toothless vampire. With a limb.  And a speech impediment.

It probably started with Anton Checkov’s famous quote, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” A great idea that seems to have got out of hand!

As Tom points out, trying to show everything in your writing can be exhausting, and can lead to painfully obtuse prose. Maybe you don’t want every scene to be a riddle, and every character’s emotions to be a mystery. You’re not wrong in this. It is often the case that if you want…

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