showing and telling in fiction

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction: A Busy Writer’s Guide

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy)

I’m excited to announce the release of the next full-length book in my Busy Writer’s Guides series.

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction by Marcy Kennedy

You’ve heard the advice “show, don’t tell” until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet fiction writers of all levels still seem to struggle with it.

There are three reasons for this. The first is that this isn’t an absolute rule. Telling isn’t always wrong. The second is that we lack a clear way of understanding the difference between showing and telling. The third is that we’re told “show, don’t tell,” but we’re often left without practical ways to know how and when to do that, and how and when not to. So that’s what this book is about.

Chapter One defines showing and telling and explains why showing is normally better.
Chapter Two gives you eight practical ways to find telling that needs to be changed to showing and guides you in understanding how to make those changes.
Chapter Three explains how telling can function as a useful first draft tool.
Chapter Four goes in-depth on the seven situations when telling might be the better choice than showing.
Chapter Five provides you with practical editing tips to help you take what you’ve learned to the pages of your current novel or short story.

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction also includes three appendices covering how to use The Emotion Thesaurus, dissecting an example so you can see the concepts of showing vs. telling in action, and explaining the closely related topic of As-You-Know-Bob Syndrome.

Each book in the Busy Writer’s Guides series is intended to give you enough theory so that you can understand why things work and why they don’t, but also enough examples to see how that theory looks in practice. In addition, they provide tips and exercises to help you take it to the pages of your own story with an editor’s-eye view. Most importantly, they cut the fluff so you have more time to write and to live your life.

You can buy a copy of Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction at Amazon.com, at the Amazon site for your own country, or at Smashwords. More sites will be coming soon! Like all the full-length books in my Busy Writer’s Guides series, it’s priced at $2.99 at Amazon.com. If you’d like to buy it at Smashwords for $2.99, use the coupon code MA65T.

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How Well Do You Understand Showing and Telling?

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Spock says it would be illogical not to sign up.

I’ve been traveling around the internet again, and I didn’t want you to miss the guest posts I’ve done on showing and telling.

How Star Trek Helps Us with Showing Rather than Telling at Kristen Lamb’s blog

How to Include the Five Senses Without Falling into the Telling Trap at Janice Hardy’s blog

I hope you enjoy them. (And both of them have a special bonus code where you can get 15% off my upcoming webinar on Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction.)

If you haven’t yet signed up for my newsletter where I tell you about upcoming classes, books, discount codes, and freebies, now is a good time to do it. If all goes according to schedule, I’ll have some very exciting things coming out starting next month and my newsletter readers will get a chance to read them for free in exchange for a review!

 

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