Showing versus Telling




In creative writing, we always hear showing versus telling.  What does that mean? It means you create a scene in a story, showing all details rather than explaining it. Or do not make it expositional, or describe, only show.  For, e.g. instead of telling your character was angry, show how his eyes went red-shot, his mouth quirked in disgust, he stamped on the floor etc. 


When you join a creative writing course, this is the point the facilitators stress from beginning till end. 

I'm sure all of us practising writing stories have heard this.  But it's challenging to practice. I haven't exercised writing in this way, of course, I started it in my mother tongue-Malayalam.  And I never came across anyone mentioning this kind of rules in that publishing world. Even now, I don't think any such regulations are existing there. 

I just wanted to bring this to my reader's attention because we are all striving towards one objective --to get our work published. If I combine all that I hear about what is happening in the publishing field, the keyword hammering you is rejection.   

I'm talking about getting published according to English publishing standard and that too in the conventional publishing.  Of course, I have heard of other ways to get published-self-publishing, online publishing etc.    

Recently, I just happened to hear a TED talk by a publishing agent. Julian Friedman. These days, everything is getting done it seems through agents, so publishing sector also is following the suit. 
If you want to listen to his talk go to this link
It's interesting to listen to what he is saying about his agent experiences. 

I'm sure all of you reading this have something to share about this topic, if so, please share it as comments. 

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