Show, Don’t Tell: how to get rid of background exposition

Background exposition. When your characters have enough history to fill another whole book, but you’re not ready to write that book yet (or ever).

It usually looks like this (notice the proliferation of past perfect tense):

Inspiration Monday: the gunman is useless

RLW chose Hitchhikers, which was fortunate, because our second winner, Chris of ChrisWhiteWrites already had it! RLW, I shipped yours last Saturday and Chris, I’ll ship Podkayne this Saturday. Everyone; be sure to pop over to Voice Week once more, as there were a few late submissions that are well worth the read. : )

Show, don’t tell: what it means and how to do it

 

CC Image by Scott Ogle

CC Image by Scott Ogle

It’s the first rule of writing. We hear it all the time. In fact, it’s almost all we hear. Over and over again, they tell us…

Show, don’t tell.

Show; don’t tell.

Show! Don’t tell!

Voice Week: why it totally rocked

You guys are awesome.

I don’t think I’ve ever read such a wide variety of such high quality work that fascinated and thrilled me as much as the work the Voice Writers did last week. We heard the voices of animals, trees, supernatural beings, a park bench, and dozens of unique humans. We watched a bride prepare for her wedding, and a man on death row prepare for his execution. We questioned and pondered and loved and hated—and learned.

Inspiration Monday: the fault in our stars

This InMon is important for several reasons. First, it is my birthday. Second, it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Third, and most importantly–it’s only one week till Voice Week!  Leave a comment if you want to join in or if you have questions. Participants: Visit the Voice Week homepage to make sure your name is on the Voice Writers list, and if it’s not, leave a comment and I’ll add you.