Writing Practices: Show vs. Tell

Writing Practices: Show vs. Tell

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark TwainBe Wary of the Chapter 1 Narrative If you thought the attention span of the average reader was short thirty years ago, that was eternal compared to today. Readers are looking for an easy way to get into the book. Make it interesting, engaging, and maybe even fast-paced. Some novelists put an exciting and mysterious scene at the beginning of their book. Maybe your beginning…