When writing, you're told to 'show, not tell'. How exactly are you meant to do this?


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Soul Fly Profile
Soul Fly answered

Another example.

(Telling) I walked outside to grab the newspaper and saw a peculiar headline.

(Showing) I cleared the sand from my eyes, yawned and twisted the knob to the front door. It was a brisk and refreshing morning and the twilight of the sunrise gleamed across the freshly frosted grass. I took a deep breath, the crisp air was inviting, Johnny the newspaper boy had already started his route, a fresh Sunday Tribune was awaiting me on the doormat. Through the red plastic wrap I noticed something peculiar about the front page headline. I quickly pulled the paper from its wrap and there it was, the words that changed the world forever ... "...We Are Not Alone..." 

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

You "paint" with words. For example;

It was a cold rainy day.


The cold air caused the rain to bite on the skin.

See the difference? 

Ella Marie Profile
Ella Marie answered

They mean to paint a picture of what's happening in the story. It may be difficult at times, but the reader will enjoy the story that much more!

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