“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
I have been reading up on the craft of writing and a lot of people mention that you should use your words to ‘show’ and not ‘tell’ the reader what is going on. It took me a while to figure out what this actually meant and I only really understood it when I started to read more books and noticing how the writer was writing.
I came across this above quote today which beautifully describes the ‘show and don’t tell’ principle. The whole concept behind this is that it allows the reader to immerse themselves into the world your words have created. No one likes to be ‘talked at’ constantly. Give your reader a chance to see what is going on, pause and then imagine your words. This will add depth to your writing and allow the reader to connect emotionally with your words.
Are you experimenting with this ‘show’ and don’t tell’ technique?
If so why not share in the comments below?