Book Title: Showing and Telling : Learn How to Show and When to Tell for Powerful and Balanced Writing
Author: Marcy Kennedy
Format: Paperback | 256 pages
Publication Date: 28 May 2010
Write vibrant scenes and essential summaries "Show-don't tell." How many times have you heard this standard bit of writing advice? It's so common in writing courses and critiques that it has become a cliche. Writers are often told to write scenes, dramatize, cut exposition, cut summary-but it's misguided advice. The truth is good writing almost always requires both showing and telling. The trick is finding the right balance of scene and summary-the two basic components of creative prose.
Showing and Telling shows you how to employ each of these essential techniques in the appropriate places within a narrative. You'll learn how to:
Write scenes and cut exposition
Compress time and summarize background information
Create graceful transitions
Effectively inject interpretation
Complete with examples from bestsellers and interactive exercises, this comprehensive guide offers an in-depth look at scene development, the role of reflection in storytelling, the art of summarizing, and how to bring it all together.