First of all, I would like to thank Rachael Hanel who the idea for a special sixth discussion came from. Thanks Rachael!
The piece of advice Rachael cleverly reminded me of was the commonly said “Show, Don’t Tell”.
Now, for me, I have always had teachers tell me to “show, don’t tell”, but what does it mean? I think for it’s better for me to find out what the difference is between them when it comes to their definitions:
Show: To cause, to allow to be seen; exhibit; display.
Tell: To give an account or narrative of; narrate; relate.
I don’t think that actually explains it, but I think it’s beginning to make sense to me now. To “show, not tell” is to display, almost convey that something is happening. It’s giving the reader the suggestion that something is happening without directly telling them.
For example, if you a writing about a person dying, you don’t want to just put: he slowly died. That’s telling (I think). Showing is by adding a bit of description to show this, for example, describing to the reader that he had a pain in his stomach would suggest many things.
So basically, “show don’t tell” is referring to suggesting and ‘hinting’ to the reader what is happening. However, it shouldn’t be so obvious that it’s showing. Hm…it’s a tricky one.
But for me, I will always ignore this advice. I know this may mean that I might destroy my chances of publishing a book by not following on of the most famous forms of advice. But I take advice which I can actually understand.
Sadly, that was the last post in the series! But I can confirm that there will be a second series! So send your suggestions for discussions in!
What do you think? Comment below! And thanks again Rachael!