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Apr 07, 2010
| ISBN 9781599631721
Apr 07, 2010 | ISBN 9781599631721
Write vibrant scenes and essential summaries“Showdon’t tell.” How many times have you heard this standard bit of writing advice? It’s so common in writing courses and critiques that it has become a cliche. Writers are often told to write scenes, dramatize, cut exposition, cut summarybut it’s misguided advice. The truth is good writing almost always requires both showing and telling. The trick is finding the right balance of scene and summarythe two basic components of creative prose.Showing and Telling shows you how to employ each of these essential techniques in the appropriate places within a narrative. You’ll learn how to: • Write scenes and cut exposition • Compress time and summarize background information • Create graceful transitions • Effectively inject interpretation • And more!Complete with examples from bestsellers and interactive exercises, this comprehensive guide offers an in-depth look at scene development, the role of reflection in storytelling, the art of summarizing, and how to bring it all together.
Laurie Alberts is the author of 6 books including 3 novels: The Price of Land in Shelby, Lost Daughters and Tempting Fate. She has won several awards, including a Jame Michener Award. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program… More about Laurie Alberts
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