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Quotes About Show Don T Tell

Quotes tagged as "show-don-t-tell" (showing 1-6 of 6)
Anton Chekhov
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

Ernest Hemingway
“Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.”
Ernest Hemingway

Anton Chekhov
“When describing nature, a writer should seize upon small details, arranging them so that the reader will see an image in his mind after he closes his eyes. For instance: you will capture the truth of a moonlit night if you'll write that a gleam like starlight shone from the pieces of a broken bottle, and then the dark, plump shadow of a dog or wolf appeared. You will bring life to nature only if you don't shrink from similes that liken its activities to those of humankind."

(Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886)”
Anton Chekhov

Ashly Lorenzana
“Storytellers don't show, they tell. I'm sticking with that.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Francine Prose
“[Referring to passage by Alice Munro] Finally, the passage contradicts a form of bad advice often given young writers -- namely, that the job of the author is to show, not tell. Needless to say, many great novelists combine "dramatic" showing with long sections of the flat-out authorial narration that is, I guess, what is meant by telling. And the warning against telling leads to a confusion that causes novice writers to think that everything should be acted out -- don't tell us a character is happy, show us how she screams "yay" and jumps up and down for joy -- when in fact the responsibility of showing should be assumed by the energetic and specific use of language.”
Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Ashly Lorenzana
“I say fuck the old advice 'show, don't tell.' It's called story TELLING for a reason, and I'll stick to it!”
Ashly Lorenzana

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