Still Show? . . . Still Tell?

Belonging to different on-line writers’ groups provides an array of viewpoints re approaches to writing.

♣  No, you don’t have to use Times New Roman font anymore.  ♣  Nothing wrong with using [a jumble of] various POVs.  ♣  Don’t put two spaces after a period.  Old school.  Old hat.  ♣  On no account do you have to show and tell; many great writers didn’t!

That’s why they were great.  They possessed talent.  They had a distinct voice.  They knew how to detail and describe, and draw in readers.

Newbie writers—sorry if “newbie” is a bygone word, but I rather like it—haven’t yet mastered a voice or style.  And, if they have, hats off!  You’re nothing short of genius (using that as an adjective, just to be clear).

Perhaps you don’t want to be show-don’t-tell writer.  Nothing wrong with that.  But maybe employing the approach, if only as a learning tool, isn’t a bad or worthless suggestion.  We develop as writers—as we do in any profession or craft—by practicing, studying and applying what we’ve learned.

That’s it.  Short and sweet.  And that phrase still applies . . . I’m telling you.  😉

Author: tylerus

I'm primarily a writer of fiction and blog posts, and a sometimes editor and proofreader of books, manuals, and film/television scripts. Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are skills and joys (I enjoy playing detective and developing structure). My fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. My genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and helpful “affirmative” non-fiction. So-o, here I am, staring up a new blog for aspiring and established e-Book writers. The plan: to share the (long) journey of getting to this stage, and share "learnings" and "teachings". There's a lot I hope to accomplish with this blog, but it may be a while before that happens as there's a lot on the ol' plate - taking care of Mom, working full-time, and attempting to get another book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series written (never mind blog postings and other writing projects). It's very challenging and it's all good. As I like to say: teeny focused baby steps are just as effective as long forceful strides. It may take a little longer, but we will get there.

2 thoughts on “Still Show? . . . Still Tell?”

  1. Agree with the idea that writing is writing and if it is GOOD and UNIQUE you don’t have to follow the Show/Don’t Tell rule. Often our unique writing styles suffer from listening to too many people spouting writing rules/regulations. Yes, we need to constantly learn and improve our writing, but sometimes our mind needs to be FREE to write in our style. My opinion. Thanks for sharing.


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