Here’s this week’s Author Aerobics challenge. Answers to the challenge will be posted on Friday. If you want to participate just post a link to your entry in the comments below and I’ll update this post with links to yours. Everyone’s welcome!
“Show, don’t tell.” You hear it over and over again. It’s one of the most often quoted ‘rules of writing’, but pick any novel off your shelf, and you’ll find that the authors do not just show, they also tell. Perhaps the reason that we’re encouraged to “show” is because, in unskilled hands, telling can be badly done.
When is telling useful? Here are a few thoughts…
- When it’s impossible to know something by describing the action.
- When something is not important enough to describe in full, but must be known.
- To illustrate the thoughts or personality of a particular character.
- To create irony.
This week’s challenge: Write a piece of short fiction (1000 words or less) that involves ‘good’ telling. The theme for this week: “afterlife.”
The quick-fingered this week:
- Bite by Harry Markov – (author aerobics debut!) The princess awakens to her prince with a scream.
- From That Eternal Summer Isle by Stephen Watkins – Sometimes you forget you’re not human.
- The Tree of Souls by Aidan Fritz – Growing a soul tree is difficult work.
- Through the Pearly Gates by T.S. Bazelli – The afterlife for writers.