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Show Don't Tell: A Writer's Guide (Classic Wisdom on Writing) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

William Noble

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If one hears one thing from every single writing instructor it’s, “Show, don’t tell.”
“Don’t tell us he’s afraid of losing her, show us!”
“Don’t tell us it’s a richly decorated room, show us!”
“Don’t tell us the Russian tundra is cold, show us!”
Easier said than done, and no one ever wrote a book on how to do it, that is until William Noble wrote this classic work a decade ago.
From the use of dialogue to employing melodrama to developing incidents and anecdotes, Show Don’t Tell explains how to entertain your readers instead of lecturing to them.
Written in Noble’s absorbing voice, Show Don’t Tell illustrates how to develop a dramatic framework using similes and metaphors, a focused point of view, steady pacing, increasing tension, and an appeal to the senses to create solid dramatic impact. In other words, how to show, not tell!
Perfect for novelists, short story writers, and those interested in writing creative nonfiction.


Covers openings and closings, tension, dialogue, melodrama, plot, narrative, pacing, characterization, point of view, and diction.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2799 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Verlag: The Write Thought (14. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00507TH9I
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Yes, but how's it done? 9. März 2011
Von Clifford Thurlow - Veröffentlicht auf
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The hardest thing for a writer is to show not tell - great title, but the author in this slender book has failed completely in showing how it's done. This is my take.

Tell: Amber was a very beautiful woman, tall and elegant. Men couldn't take their eyes off her.

Show: As Amber entered the bar, every woman turned to watch her.

Tell: John was a violent man and Mary had the bruises to prove it.

Show: Mary heard the car pull up outside and looked round the kitchen to make sure everything was tidy. John hated mess. She took a cold beer from the fridge and glanced at herself in the mirror. The bruise under her right eye had almost healed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Trite, Cheesey with a Dopple of Nice 15. April 2012
Von G. Charles Steiner - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a quick and easy read, as I remember reading it in January 1993 -- if you are interested in being a writer. There are some nice things inside worth their weight. In the last chapter, "Make that Closing Solid," however, the author says nothing that anybody else hasn't already said and said much better. The whole chapter was trite and bromidic.

In this book the reader will find the author suggesting to the would-be writer to try to appeal to the senses. Bet you never heard that one before, eh?

About point of view and focus, the author addresses merging the point of view and focus so that a work can have two different points of view but the same focus or it can have one point of view and identical focus. This was the really nice part of the book because the author had an unusual and creative perspective on the subject of point and view and its relationship to focus.

His chapter on plot, "Now Suppose," suggests that plotting involves the "What If" question. Not a very deep insight, as you might already tell or know. The other idea is "touch and then go on." In a chapter called "Use a Fraction of What You Know"," the author deepens his ideas on the part of writing that utilizes the strategy of "touch and go on," in which you simply don't tell everything you know. You use anecdotes and incidents since both create movement: touch and then go on. His "Steady on the Pacing" chapter has to do with procedural versus substantive pacing, but while the distinction seems to hold conceptually, the author doesn't flesh it out enough so that it becomes very clear to the reader how to know the difference and to write with awareness of the difference between the two.

This book would have been better as a pamphlet. There's something cheesey and commercial in the superficial and trivial sense of these words about this book. It's hard to respect the author's ideas for this book since there's so little that's truly substantive against the volume of the superficial and the cliched that is to be found here.

185 pages
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A How To Book for Writers 28. April 2011
Von George W. Newport - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Guide tells of how to make writing work to make it more sellable. It is one of the many facets of the writing world which one needs to know to become sucessful.
3.0 von 5 Sternen It was okay. 7. Januar 2014
Von Casey - Veröffentlicht auf
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I felt many parts were too vague, and liked a competitor's book better. It gave more examples for reader's to envision the concept being explained.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 29. Juli 2014
Von Kevin K. - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you want to know learn how to write fiction, buy any William Noble book. I have them all!
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