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Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com • Showing vs. Telling : Conversation question • Page 2 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com
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Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:32 pm
by DrG2

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:20 am
by MookyMcD

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:21 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:27 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:54 am
by updog
I think Cowboy's examples were spot on. Even in show, you've still gotta tell us the guy is sweating, and that the crown burns his forehead. That's how we know it's hot. But in Cowboy's examples these details are shown through the character. We see how the character reacts to this situation. We're in his head more.

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:35 pm
by DrG2

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:52 pm
by DrG2

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:17 pm
by kentsmith9
I agree with DrG2's last two posts, and I think the examples are very well matched to this topic.

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:24 pm
by Fictional Cowboy

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:21 pm
by Gooblink
Perhaps there isn't a "Showing vs. Telling," at all.

If "telling" is declarative, then all the examples presented are telling.
"Showing" is meant word-paint a picture for your reader, but you are still telling the reader what is seen, perceived, felt, or said.

Consider the pace of your story, as well. Sometimes the right words conveying the intended mood and cadence are best written in simple, declarative prose.

I'd argue that great writers both tell and show.