Divas Recommend: Five Instances When You Need To Tell (and not show) by Amanda Patterson
I’m sure many authors have heard the phrase “show, don’t tell” over and over. I’ve been known to harp about this to the authors whose manuscripts I’ve edited. But is it always appropriate to show, not tell? I came across a wonderful article by Amanda Patterson, founder of Writers Write in South Africa. In Patterson’s article, “Five Instances When You Need To Tell (and not show),” she discusses when to tell and not show. The key to applying the ideas in this week’s Divas Recommend is to not overdo it. Just because backstory might be a good place to tell instead of show doesn’t mean you should fill your manuscript with backstory.
Check out Patterson’s article and let us know what you think. Are there other times it’s better to tell and not show? We’d love to hear your ideas.