Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

show don't tell

Elmore Leonard, who apparently has fans in airports all over the world, outlines straightforward descriptive writing:

These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. (NYT, one week old)
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