The show, don’t tell mantra haunts every writer, no matter how long they’ve been around. But what does it mean? It’s the used and abused phrase thats truth is lost among endless repetitions.
While this quick guide isn’t the easy-peasy formula for fantastic writing (since that formula doesn’t exist), this is an exploration of a few ways to craft more compelling stories. Follow these steps to show more, tell less and inspire your readers always.
“The generalizing writer is like the passionate drunk, stumbling into your house mumbling: I know I’m not being clear, exactly, but don’t you kind of feel what I’m feeling?”
George Saunders (via writersrelief)
‘Sometimes you need to tell, not show’
“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.”
John Ruskin (via the-bookmark)
“Put the reader first. Invent. And be patient.”
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and new owner of the Washington Post (source)
“Wanted or not, dreams and exaggerations will run rampant in the daily mind of the creative genius.”
AJB (via journaling-junkie)
“I would rather be known as an average writer or even a pretty bad writer, than not be known as a writer at all.”
“I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via bookmania)
“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
Mark Twain (via c-oquetry)
“The stories we love best do live in us forever.”
J. K. Rowling (via letstalkguys)
“… The space between daily language and literature is not terribly deep nor wide, but does contain a vital difference – of intent and intensity.”
Mary Oliver, “A Poetry Handbook” (via audiblehush)