Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3T Writing Tidbit

What is show, not tell?

I've probably covered this in a number of 3T writing tidbits over the years, but it bears saying again.

Show--make a movie of it.
Tell--make a movie of me talking about it.

Show--Suzie fastened the collar on Spot. The dog wriggled under her hands and she barely got the lead snapped on before he bounded for the door. Smiling, she opened the door and let him pull her onto the snow-covered sidewalk.

Tell--Suzie took Spot for a walk.

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.

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