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Jan
20th
2016

Confucius on "show, don't tell" · 4:52pm Jan 20th, 2016

From "Confucianism and Chinese Art":

Confucius asked his students their ambitions. The first to answer said that he wanted to help weak countries get stronger. The second said he wanted his people to live a well-off life. The third said he wanted to be a master of ceremonies.

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Jul
21st
2015

Brooks & Warren on Showing & Telling · 5:16am Jul 21st, 2015

I say 1 A.M. Tuesday still counts as Monday. :derpytongue2:

I think I’m going to post part of the introduction to each chapter of Understanding Fiction by Brooks & Warren, 3rd edition (1979), to summarize their main ideas about fiction. This one is a digression, so you get it out of order. In the intro to chapter 3, “What Character Reveals”, they talk about showing versus telling while talking about characters.

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Mar
17th
2016

The history of "show, don't tell" · 3:26am Mar 17th, 2016

I've collected instances of the advice "show, don't tell" from across time. Here they are, chronologically. I've blogged a couple of them before.

The Wikipedia page on "Show, don't tell" lists some more recent ones. (If you read that page, be aware that while Hemingway was a "show, don't tell" writer, "iceberg theory" is a claim about depth of backstory, not about "show, don't tell".)

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Jan
16th
2014

Writing: Show us the theme · 7:46pm Jan 16th, 2014

[I'm notifying people who favorited "The Corpse Bride" because I discuss it at the end.]

There is one part of every story that must be shown rather than told: The theme. If the theme is something that can be told better than it can be shown, then what you're looking at isn't a story.

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Report Bad Horse · 957 views · #show and tell #theme
May
22nd
2017

A Dragon's Duality & SDT Revision · 12:42am May 22nd, 2017

Show, Don't Tell is still being revised, creativity simply had to come to me for me to start writing it.

A Dragon's Duality will be my main story for now, I simply enjoy the idea more than Show, Don't Tell. Whether once both are finished one is better is up to you.

SDT will most likely be a one chapter story that, as I said before, has a similar concept, but completely different outcome. It will be long and will only be as long as I deem it needs to be.

Happy reading!

Sep
19th
2015

Rules for Writing · 12:23am Sep 19th, 2015

I—The Inapplicability of Rules for Writers

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Jun
12th
2015

On clean slates, telling-not-showing, and being totally unqualified · 6:01am Jun 12th, 2015

So, I recently finished a story that seemed... odd to me. The story in question is Clean Slate by Alaborn, and I feel like there was something that deserves discussion. Consider this a review that I am by no means qualified to give.

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Dec
3rd
2015

Being a Better Writer: The Thought Process · 7:23pm Dec 3rd, 2015

So, today's topic actually came to me only yesterday morning whilst on my flight home. I was at 30,000 feet (or whatever cruising altitude was for that flight) and suitably armed, as is my custom, with every type of boredom-defense I can fit in my backpack that will work on an airplane. At the moment, my tool of choice was two-fold: My Zune (yes, I have a Zune, and it has endured eight years and far, far more punishment than any other MP3 player my immediate family has tried), and my kindle.

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Mar
6th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Digging Deeper With Characters · 10:06pm Mar 6th, 2017

Yes! Being a Better Writer has returned to Monday!

Honestly, I think I just got lucky this week in not being called into work today, but even so, it feels good to be working on BaBW on a Monday again! This is the day when it's supposed to go down ... Well, up, technically.

Today is also the first day we'll be going off of Topic List IX! That's right, new list, new topics!

Which brings us to today's topic of choice: digging deeper with characters!

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Dec
10th
2017

The Official Return! · 5:53am Dec 10th, 2017

Chapter 4: 1,800 words so far, planning on going to about 3000 mostly done yesterday and today.

Trust me, I'm working on my story, but because my first semester left me so busy (new academy environment), not much can be done. But now, let's get down to business!

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Jun
17th
2019

Being a Better Writer: Atmosphere · 9:33pm Jun 17th, 2019

Welcome back, readers! It’s Monday once again, and that means it is time for another Being a Better Writer post! But first, a bit of background.

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Jan
10th
2014

Showing versus Telling - Emotion and body language · 2:19am Jan 10th, 2014

Aug
26th
2019

Being a Better Writer’s Summer of Cliche Writing Advice: Never Use Adverbs · 7:17pm Aug 26th, 2019

Hello readers on this wonderful, sunny (if your weather is like it is here) Monday morning! I’m here to alleviate your Monday blues with this week’s Being a Better Writer! Which, you may notice, is still in the grips of our summer special, the Summer of Cliche Writing Advice! Week seven of the feature, no less!

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Jul
22nd
2019

Being a Better Writer’s Summer of Cliche Writing Advice: Show Don’t Tell · 2:31pm Jul 22nd, 2019

Mar
2nd
2017

Writing 101: Allow Inference, Don't Dictate—What is "Show, Don't Tell" and Why Is It so Important? · 10:07am Mar 2nd, 2017

I know what you’re thinking, Jimmy (do you mind if I call you "Jimmy"?). “cleverpun, this subject has been covered a hundred times before, by authors who are way better at writing than you. What could you possibly tell me that I don’t already know?”

To that I say: this topic is so important, that it is worth having as many perspectives as possible. Hopefully this longer-than-average blog post either provides some new insight into the topic, or at least reinforces its import.

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May
30th
2017

The most elegant sentence I've ever written. · 4:53pm May 30th, 2017

Apple Bloom was hoping the success would continue to pass all these potions that were a result of trying to get her cutie mark on to somepony else.

This sentence..... I'm in love with it. I'm in love with it and I want to make many foals with it. This is the most elegant sentence I have ever written.
It conveys excellently four different things:

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