Understanding Show, Don't Tell: And Really Getting It

Understanding Show, Don't Tell: And Really Getting It

by Janice Hardy

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Overview

Understanding Show, Don't Tell: And Really Getting It by Janice Hardy

Do you struggle with show, don't tell? You don't have to.

Award-winning author Janice Hardy (and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University) takes you deep into one of the most frustrating aspects of writing--showing, and not telling. She'll help you understand what show, don't tell means, teach you how to spot told prose in your writing, and reveal why common advice on how to fix it doesn't always work.

With in-depth analysis, Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) looks at what affects told prose and when telling is the right thing to do. It also explores aspects of writing that aren't technically telling, but are connected to told prose and can make prose feel told, such as infodumps, description, and backstory.

Her easy-to-understand examples will show you clear before and after text and demonstrate how telling words change the prose. You'll learn how to find the right balance between description, narrative, and internalization for the strongest impact. These examples will also demonstrate why showing the wrong details can sound just as dull as telling.

This book will help you:

  • Understand when to tell and when to show
  • Spot common red flag words often found in told prose
  • Learn why one single rule doesn't apply to all books
  • Determine how much telling is acceptable in your writing
  • Fix stale or flat prose holding your writing back


Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) is more than just advice on what to do and what not to do-it's a down and dirty examination and analysis of how show, don't tell works, so you can adapt the "rules" to whatever style or genre you're writing. By the end of this book, you'll have a solid understanding of show, don't tell and the ability to use it without fear or frustration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991536436
Publisher: Janice Hardy
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 281,631
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011).

She's the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction series includes Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel, the companion Planning Your Novel Workbook, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft, and the bestselling Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It).

She lives in Central Florida with her husband, one yard zombie, two cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. For more information, please visit her at her writing site, Fiction-University.com, or www.JaniceHardy.com.

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