Show, don't tell

“Show me Bob walking across the room to turn on the heat, don’t tell me.” What? What does that mean?I didn’t get it, if I wrote that Bob walked across the room to turn on the heat, the reader should know he was cold why wasn’t that showing them? I didn’t study creative writing as most published authors did.
Oh, sure I had a gift of storytelling, but not a clue how to properly put that story into words. I had to learn one baby step at a time. But still I have come to find out that the show, don’t tell thing is a hard concept for even the most studied authors to learn.It took two books, a few frustrated editors, and the start of the third book for the light to finally come on for me. Show, don't tell allows the reader to be in the room with Bob as he walks across it. They can hear the boards creek beneath his feet or feel the icy chill on his arms as gooseflesh begins to rise. Describing the walk and cold through action words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than just saying …


What you might not know about fiction authors is we’re all just a bunch of liars... Well liars might be a bit extreme, so let me put it another way. We’re the ones who exaggerate the truth to excessive levels. Let’s say a group of twenty geese flew overhead… the want-to-be writer would say there were thirty. But the best of the best fiction novelist would say there were hundreds, and if feeling more creative than normal that day, thousands.Then the story takes on it’s own set of wings, now this novelist remembers one of these geese leaving the formation to swoop down and attack a little old lady who with her failing eyesight, never saw the bird coming. Okay now the writer feels bad about tormenting an old lady, so they must develop a hero. This is often an alter ego of them self. Maybe they saved the lady alone, forget the alter ego.Moral to my story, if you catch me in a lie, just remember I’m only trying to be the best novelist I can be, or…… I just can’t help myself.