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Showing vs. Telling

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Re: Showing vs. Telling

Postby MookyMcD » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:59 pm

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.

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Re: Showing vs. Telling

Postby Oldtimer » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:36 pm

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.
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Re: Showing vs. Telling

Postby DrG2 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:25 pm

Is using a figure of speech to describe something showing or telling?

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