Monday, April 25, 2011

Show, Don’t Tell

Early on, writers hear this advice. A lot. And I’ve seen the expressions on confused faces: sometimes they don’t even know what you mean.

I encountered a quote today that sums it up better that a 1000 words on the topic. If you don’t get it right away, play it back in your mind. Think about it. Think about the words and what they mean.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -- Anton Chekhov
Right?

Now show us that moon.

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