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Episode 20: The Show vs. Tell Paradigm


in which Laila and Lorrie discuss the writing maxim of Show Don’t Tell and where we agree with it and where we feel it’s a little too generalizing.

[audio http://www.lailablake.com/Podcast/Lilt-Podcast_EP20.mp3]

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What about you? What do you feel about Show Don’t Tell?

Our intro music was taken from the Free Music Archive:
GeeNerve - Pink Fish Signs (Take Two).

3 thoughts on “Episode 20: The Show vs. Tell Paradigm

  1. Pingback: Lilt Podcast’s 20th! | Laila Blake

  2. I think you hit the nail on the head at the beginning when you said that it is beginner advice that has become a ridiculous dogma. I don’t think it is unnecessary advice as long as it is qualified as not a RULE. I’ve critiqued a lot of new writers who dump-tell background and character traits which would be much better shown in the narrative or at least if they could show me something in the present that ensures the following telling remains within the movement of the story. I have no idea if that makes sense. But the point is that established writers are only going to ‘tell’ when they are choosing to do so for a reason so I agree that the idea that they shouldn’t is ridiculous!

    Also, as an ex Latin tutor, I get rage over the blanket passive/active rule too. *rolls eyes*.

    This was my first taste of your podcast. Thanks! You’re both lovely!

    • Hi Holly!
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I very much agree with you – I have read and critiqued a lot of beginner manuscripts where there was an issue with telling, but I’m never sure if it’s really a show vs. tell problem and not just an issue of needing more experience. But yeah, you cvan’t make up a neat little rule about that ;).

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