Showing, Not Telling

These two links are probably as elegant a demonstration of show, don’t tell as I’ve ever seen. I found them very useful and am leaving them here for 1) future rereading and 2) in the hopes that someone else might also find them useful:

http://maggiestiefvater.com/blog/i-sneak-into-your-brain-and-make-you-think-my-thoughts/

http://maggiestiefvater.com/blog/red-rage-ocean-longing-literary/

(Actually, the entire Raven Cycle thus far is a great demonstration of this, but it’s great to see Stiefvater break it down like this.)

I know I have a tendency to spell things out too much in the first draft, and then revise some of the obviousness out once I’m no longer telling myself the story for the first time.

 

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