Writing to Tell vs Writing to Sell

My publisher shares some wisdom!

Lady Smut

Guest post today by Kemberlee Shortland of Tirgearr Publishing

Writing to Tell vs. Writing to Sell

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose editor has said, “This is telling. SHOW your reader . . . “.

Here’s an example —

Telling: Mary showered before dressing.

Showing: Mary stepped from the steaming shower and wrapped herself in a thick white terrycloth towel. Her hair was bound to keep it dry, but now she let it down. She watched the coppery curls fall about her bare shoulders in the foggy mirror, her reflection an apparition in the haze.

In the showing example, the reader is in the bathroom with Mary. While her actual features are blurred in the foggy mirror, we know she has coppery hair and it’s long enough that if falls about her shoulders.

Here’s another one —

Telling: John played the guitar.

Showing: The sound was as gentle…

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