"Showdon'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 summarybut 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 summarythe 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: