Show, Don’t Tell!
I never studied literature. Never. In fact, until recently, I didn’t like reading novels either. I read other books, but novels? no!
When I started noticing my flair for writing stories, I had to cultivate the habit of reading the ones written by others too. Alexander Steele once wrote, “Painters often learn their craft by studying the masters, and writers should do the same.”
In addition to reading stories, some months ago, I started reading a textbook on Fiction Writing. I found in one of the chapters which talk about building characters in a story—as I have also found in most other books on writing fiction—this resounding warning, ‘Show, don’t tell!’
I took some notes while reading and I’ll share them with you along with a very important lesson. Continue reading