Writing tip: Telling vs showing. 

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6 thoughts on “Writing tip: Telling vs showing. 

  1. Good point! And I find a lot of new writers make the mistake of doing both:
    John stood up quickly, then grabbed for the back of the chair as the room seemed to spin. He blinked a few times to settle things down, but his brain seemed to be floating on sea waves. He felt so dizzy.

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    • It is indeed. My husband signed up with the Jerry Jenkins Writing guild and we’ve both been listening to his “How to become a ferocious self-editor” lessons. This may help us to write better, but it sure doesn’t help when I’m reading a book, my red pen pops up and I think, “Hey, the writer shouldn’t have doubled up on this!” 🙂

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      • I’m reluctant to admit it, but I probably make this mistake more often than I’m even aware of it.

        Is the writing guild a yearly membership? I’ve primarily leaned on Writer’s Digest (in the past) and the Writing Excuses podcast (currently) in my journey as an autodidact I writer.

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      • I believe it’s monthly. You can check it out at jerryjenkins.com. I should check into what the Writer’s Digest has to offer. But sometimes it seems like a person’s always studying and never getting to actual writing — except for blogging.

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      • I had a subscription to Writer’s Digest off and on years ago. I learned a ton from those magazines. Now my only ongoing educational “input” (if you will) is the Writing Excuses podcast.

        And blogging is the least of my distractions. I don’t commit much to blogging at this time. I’ve found that when I did, like when I would write a thoughtful article, it would barely get any notice. After awhile I realized I was wasting a lot of time writing articles for this blog that no one cared about. But when I post a cute picture of a cat, I tend to get more likes and comments. 🙂

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