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Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:59 pm
by MookyMcD
If you replaced an adjective or adverb with an action or description that allows the reader to know the condition described by that adjective or adverb is present, you showed instead of told.

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:36 pm
by Oldtimer
The thing that bugs me about 'showing' versus 'telling' is that normally you have to use so many more words.

For example:

John gritted his teeth, an unintelligible growl came from his throat and his breath steamed from his nostrils.

I could have saved 16 words by writing: John seethed.

When writing flash fiction, 'showing' frequently isn't an option.

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:24 pm
by robjvargas

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:25 pm
by DrG2
Is using a figure of speech to describe something showing or telling?

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:18 am
by DrG2

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:56 am
by robjvargas

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:09 am
by elle33

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:22 am
by robjvargas

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:44 pm
by DrG2

Re: Showing vs. Telling

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:02 am
by robjvargas