Friday, September 25, 2015

The Easiest Explanation of 'Show, Don't Tell' Ever

If you're a writer who has done your homework, you've heard the old saying, "Show, don't tell."

It's a bit of advice recycled by literary know-it-alls; all of whom emphasize it's importance but few of whom can easily illustrate what it means. 

Well, I'm going to break it down using everybody's favorite genre: Erotica. 

Ready? Here we go.


They made passionate love.


He tugged at the lace stockings. His fingers set lightly upon her skin as he 
He rolled onto his back, panting to catch his breath.

"Was that it?" she asked.

And that's the difference between showing and telling. 

Any questions?

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Kathryn Harris is a journalist, a weekend blogger, a wife, a mother of two and the author of "The Long Road to Heaven," a novel about finding faith and forgiveness in the aftermath of addiction.

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