Kindle Price: $1.99

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Tell, Don't Show! by [Lofquist, James]
Kindle App Ad

Tell, Don't Show! Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$1.99

Length: 38 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Introduction
 
Okay, I'll keep this brief. Most people don't read introductions anyway.
 
I wrote this book because it's the book I wish I had when I began writing many years ago now. It would've saved me decades of effort and made me far more productive. As it was, I had to discover this method on my own, but I'm so glad that I did.
 
If you're just starting out on your path of writing, first of all, welcome! And secondly, the book you have in front of you is filled with unusual ideas that actually work, simple steps to take that will save you rivers of time and keep you far from countless storms of frustration. Everything here has been tested for years, over and over, by my students, fellow writers, and friends.
 
It might seem stupidly obvious once you see what this technique is all about, but for many writers, it's still a mystery.
 
I know it was for me, as well as all my writing students I've worked with for a decade now. They would struggle with their first drafts, often giving up entirely on what they started. But then this one simple step changed everything for them, as it did for me. Now I want to share it with you.
 
What is it? It's just this: Tell, Don't Show.
 
Despite what you've been told, Showing is NOT the best thing a writer can do. It is ONE thing a writer can and should do, but only at the right time or thereafter. That time is absolutely NOT during your first draft.
 
Why not? I could lead you by the brain through pages and pages of explanations, and share with you personal stories of many dozens of writers whose work was transformed by this one tiny technique. But because I believe it's best for you to get started doing this yourself, I've purposely kept this book brief.
 
Nevertheless, here's a short summary of why Showing is not a good thing in your first draft:
 
  • It's too easy to get tangled up in long descriptions and lengthy passages
  • You can quickly lose sight of the big picture of your story, which, for many writers, is a story-killer
  • Your creativity gets stifled when you nitpick over the details
  • You break your flow, your word count plummets, and it's difficult to get started again
On the other hand, by Telling, you will be opening up your creative rivers of thought as you write down everything as it comes through. By not bottle-necking it (which is what happens when you inevitably tense up while trying to Show your scenes in your first draft), you'll expand these rivers of inspiration so much, and in the process, many more stories and details and ideas will come to you.
 
In addition to that, you'll find that your speed of writing accelerates dramatically when you stop Showing during your first draft. As Ray Bradbury stated so elegantly in his book Zen in the Art of Writing, "In quickness is truth." The more we hesitate and cogitate over our writing, the less honest it is, and the less we actually write.
 
What I'm sharing in this book is a simple and unforgettable skill that you'll be able to start using today. There's no webinar or classes or lengthy books to first be paid for and digested. I speak for myself and for everyone whom I've taught this technique to: there's no going back. You won't want to. Your writing will never be the same once you begin doing this.

Product details

  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4JF6JG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer reviews

Rated by customers interested in
Reference Books
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Business & Economics Books
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Romance Novels
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Top customer reviews

on March 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
22 comments| 37 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on April 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 30, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on October 27, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on April 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Tell, Don't Show!
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Tell, Don't Show!