Show not tell – easier said than done

Every writing site, at some stage, recommends “show not tell”. I know I think, that’s what I’m doing, right?

Showing looks like:

“She clapped her hands for warmth”

Telling looks like:

“Her hands were cold.”

Which example gives you a better image? And movement?

The first draft you write may be full of telling but I encourage you to revisit that first draft and look for the telling and change your draft into showing.

Learning to recognise any telling is a skill either you’re born with of a skill you develop with hard work over time. Don’t give up if you fit the latter category. Good luck!


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