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Dec 1, 2011 at 9:49am
Re: help: show don't tell
Show don't tell is when you don't describe a character trait but let the reader discover the trait by seeing the character an action.

Don't say:
John was very anxious
John paced through the room then he sat down again. After looking at his feet for a couple of seconds he stood up and started pacing again.

Don't say:
John is smart
John could see the solution immediately, it was simple really just a matter of approaching the problem with a fresh perspective.

These make your character a lot more believable AND makes it more real for the reader. Things like "smart, anxious, strong, ..." those are all relative. Just because you, as a writer, consider smart does not mean your reader will.

I hope this helped!
help: show don't tell · 01-12-11 4:07pm
by Benarneon
*Star* Re: help: show don't tell · 12-01-11 9:49am
by Sander F.
Re: help: show don't tell · 01-12-12 7:51pm
by Elle Burnham
Re: Re: help: show don't tell · 01-14-15 8:35am
by A Preston Rover

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