Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Show, Don't Tell...

If you're a writer, at some point in your career you've probably been told to 'show' the scene, rather than just tell the writer what is going on. I know I have. I ran across a quote the other day, though, that really clarified it for me:

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."

-Anton Chekhov

I don't know why, but that phrase really clicked with me. I went through one of my current WIP's and made 14 different changes implementing that advice.
Just something to think about...

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