Just Show, Don’t Tell and Show

New and not-so-new writers often fall in the trap of depriving their readers the subconscious pleasure of discovering the story by telling too much. When we tell, we limit our readers.  Telling is the lazy way out, but when we show our readers, we engage their senses and mind; we pull them into our words. […]

Resist the Urge to Explain!

Writers who indulge in explanations commit a very simple, and too common mistake. This happens a lot in sci-fi.  Writers—still learning the ropes—explain in details future technology naively thinking they’re providing crucial and must-have information so the scene becomes ‘realistic’ and ‘plausible’. Wrong! If it is a well-known technology—in the futuristic SF world—there is no need […]

Show, Do Not Tell…

Do not tell. How Christopher Marlowe, in Doctor Faustus, described Helen of Troy? Hers, he said, was “the face that launched a thousand ships.” See, no details! and yet, even today, Helen of Troy is fabled as one of the most beautiful women in the world, all ages confounded. Show, do not tell, also means that you have […]

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