I have re-blogged this piece because it deals with a difficult subject of interest to writers and readers.
The great Russian author Anton Chekhov once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
In a single sentence, Chekhov illustrates one of the fundamental tenets of good writing, something so ingrained in writers as to be self-evident; a core principle so universally accepted, acknowledged as truth, it is generally regarded as beyond debate . . .
“Show. Don’t tell.”
I can’t even count how many times I’ve encountered that piece of writer’s advice in my lifetime. In nearly every essay or book or column on creative writing, “show, don’t tell” is right at the top of the list. And rightfully so. To be able to transport a reader, an author must be able to paint word-pictures that are crisp, clear, vivid–images that resonate and stick in the mind long after the page is turned.
Consider the following…
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