Understanding Writing

Writing A Story, The “Show Don’t Tell” Way

If you happen to be an aspiring writer or already an expert writer, most probably, you have already heard of the “Show Don’t Tell” advice which is advisable for those who wanted to create a good writings. The “Show Don’t Tell” advice is probably the type of advice which can always be heard by all of the writers no matter how long they have been writing. But what exactly does it mean?

When we tell people something, we usually summarize. For example, we might say, “I bought a new bed today.” But in case that you wanted to let the people show what you bought, you will probably dig into details. In showing the details to the person you are talking, you would probably explain why you bought a new bed, probably based on the mattress that is sagging or the headboard that is weak already. We describe how we went to four stores to compare prices and experimented by lying on twenty-seven different mattresses. Apart from explaining how you went to the store where you bought the new bed, you will even explain how you compared the different prices of mattresses and beds and how the salesman helped you in choosing the best mattress that would best suit your needs. Relating how your bed was delivered to your home will also be explained. Also, the excitement that you felt as you sleep at in your new bed right after you bought it will also be conveyed to the person that you are talking to. Indeed, when hear of a storyline about buying a new bed, then you would not be interested with it at all, however, if the showmanship of buying the bed was done creatively, then it can sound not only adventurous, but humorous as well.

Nor does it matter whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction in telling the story. In both cases, we need to show rather than just tell to create an effective story. Non-fiction requires great storytelling just as much as fiction because stories are what readers will relate to so they are able to apply your information to their lives.

A lot of non-fiction is written with a how-to or self-help style. However, in writing a non-fiction story, storytelling is usually required, especially in biographies or histories. Whenever we hear a good story, we usually get interested to it, thus, when you think your story is applicable, then share it to everyone.

In this example, we’ll assume you’re writing a self-help book, the modern day version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” The most important point in this type of story is how you should convey to the people that you are interested in helping them and how you wanted to listen to them.

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