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showdonttellSomeone recently asked about “Show, Don’t Tell.”

Once you get the difference, it’s easy.

Let’s say you’re writing a story where it rains. If you’re telling, you’d say “It is raining.”

If you’re showing, you’d describe the sound of the raindrops pattering on the roof, the way the lightning lights up the room or the rainbow as the sun comes out, the smell of the wet leaves or the way the dampness makes your hair frizz.

Showing is description, but it can be emotion too.  An example of telling would be “I’m scared of the lightning.”

Showing would be “The flash of lightning lit the room.  A shiver ran up my spine and my heart stopped for a moment while I counted the seconds until the thunder roared.  Three seconds.  Too close.  My heart pounded and I dove under the covers.”

There’s lots more information on this topic in the Member’s Section of the YAAGroup.


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Taken from Jerry & Eileen Spinelli’s new book, TODAY I WILL: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself.

Jerry Spinelli – www.jerryspinelli.com

Eileen Spinelli – www.eileenspinelli.com

Jerry and Eileen will be answering questions right here at the Young Authors and Artists Group, so please send in  your questions for Jerry and Eileen.  Join the YAAGroup at www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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