Show Don’t Tell: A Writer’s Guide

Show Don’t Tell: A Writer’s Guide

by William Noble
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014250023
Publisher:
The Write Thought
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Classic Wisdom on Writing , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
618,955
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

In all, William Noble has authored or co-authored more than 20 nonfiction books, including five with his late wife June Noble, and five with his current wife, Angela Whitehill.

He’s written about stepfamily relationships, the need for inner privacy, psychiatry’s alarming power over our lives, the art of writing, the art of classical ballet, censorship, the Watergate affair and life in the Aztec Empire. Many were chosen as book club selections by Book-of-the Month Club, Writers Digest Book Club and/or Dance Book Club.

His short work, both nonfiction and fiction, has appeared in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers with an occasional anthology thrown in. A representative list includes: Yankee Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Salon.com,Adirondack Life Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Garden State Golf Magazine, Northeast Golf Magazine, World War II Magazine, Vermont Ski News.
For eight years (2000-2008) he was Contributing Editor for the six regional golf magazines of Divot Communications, and in 2008 he was Editor-in-Chief of New York Golf Magazine, Garden State Golf Magazine and Pennsylvania Golf Magazine.

Since 1985, Noble has been teaching Creative Writing at Community College of Vermont, both on the ground and online. In 2002, he began teaching Creative Writing, as an adjunct, at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, N.J. and that continues. From 1991-2001, he was a Vermont Humanities Scholar with the Vermont Council on the Humanities, and from 1993-1998, he was adjunct faculty in the external degree program at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT.

Noble has appeared as lecturer and workshop presenter at numerous writer’s conferences and festivals from coast to coast. A representative list includes: Mark Twain Memorial (Hartford, CT), Wilmington College (OH), Breadloaf Writer’s Conference (VT), State of Maine Writer’s Conference, Imagination Writer’s Conference (OH), The William Saroyan Writer’s Conference (CA), Las Vegas Writer’s Conference (NV), College of New Jersey Writer’s Conference.

And in connection with his books he has appeared on more than 40 television shows, including the Today! Show.

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