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Saturday, January 1

Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It)

Book One in the Skill Builders Series

Do you struggle with show, don't tell? You don't have to.

Award-winning author Janice Hardy takes you deep into one of the most frustrating aspects of writing--showing, and not telling. She'll help you understand what show, don't tell means, teach you how to spot told prose in your writing, and reveal why common advice on how to fix it doesn't always work.

With in-depth analysis, Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) looks at what affects told prose and when telling is the right thing to do. It also explores aspects of writing that aren’t technically telling, but are connected to told prose and can make prose feel told, such as infodumps, description, and backstory.

Her easy-to-understand examples will show you clear before and after text and demonstrate how telling words change the prose. You'll learn how to find the right balance between description, narrative, and internalization for the strongest impact. These examples will also demonstrate why showing the wrong details can sound just as dull as telling.

This book will help you:
  • Understand when to tell and when to show
  • Spot common red flag words often found in told prose
  • Learn why one single rule doesn't apply to all books
  • Determine how much telling is acceptable in your writing
  • Fix stale or flat prose holding your writing back
Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) is more than just advice on what to do and what not to do—it’s a down and dirty examination and analysis of how show, don’t tell works, so you can adapt the “rules” to whatever style or genre you’re writing. By the end of this book, you’ll have a solid understanding of show, don’t tell and the ability to use it without fear or frustration.

Available in ebook and paperback.

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound  |  | Books-A-Million

Ebook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Inktera | Chapters/!ndio


Other books in this series: 
Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means) 

Books in the Foundations of Fiction Series:
Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure
Planning Your Novel Workbook
Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft 

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