A refresher post on show; don’t tell, and how to get your readers to root for your character. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com
What’s wrong with this picture?
‘I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, find my big green eyes crusted with sleep. I brush my beautiful brown hair and check my flawless skin for pimples, but of course I don’t have any, so I don’t need to put on any makeup. Then I walk over to my closet and put on my school uniform shirt and skirt, check my reflection one more time. Then I head down stairs for a delicious, filling breakfast.’
Obviously that paragraph is insipid to the point of hyperbolic, but it’s not like writing like this doesn’t exist.
Remember learning the concept of “show, not tell” back in elementary school?
Yes, it’s still (and always) super relevant.
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