How to Master the 'Show, Don't Tell' Rule

How to Master the 'Show, Don't Tell' Rule

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You've probably heard this classic piece of writing advice a thousand times. But what does Show, Don't Tell actually mean?

From building immersive worlds to creating compelling characters, the Show, Don't Tell rule is a powerful tool that should be in every author's kit — but it's also one that should be handled carefully. In this free 10-day course, you will gain an understanding of what show, don't tell involves, how it can improve your writing, and how to apply it within your own work.

What you'll learn in this course

You will find out how to use the principles of Show, Don't Tell to: 

  • Develop your characters organically
  • Create atmosphere and setting
  • Write efficient prose
  • Improve your ability to tell a story

There will also be lessons with practical writing exercises and tips to stop you from going over the top with your showing.


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