- Publisher: Paul S. Eriksson; Reprinted edition edition (Oct. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0839777671
- ISBN-13: 978-0839777670
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,269,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Show, Don't Tell: A Writer's Guide Paperback – 1 Oct 1993
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Covers openings and closings, tension, dialogue, melodrama, plot, narrative, pacing, characterization, point of view, and diction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
SDT does not disappoint and despite being a short book, it's very comprehensive in covering the many aspects of 'creating a picture' in a novel and even in non-fiction. There are sections on novel openings, similes and metaphors, creating dialogues, points of view and closings, among others. The examples are generally well-chosen and from books or authors you might have heard of, from Thoreau to Dickens to Tom Clancy.
My only criticism is that the author doesn't seem to talk about how and when to describe characters' facial expressions between snippets of dialogue; do we need to say the the man frowned? How much descriptive writing is enough? I expected this area to be covered but I am none the wiser.
On a technical note, this Kindle book is very poorly formatted in that the fonts are absolutely minuscule. I mean, really, really tiny. Granted, you can increase the font size in the Kindle, which is what I did, but if you are reading more than one book at the time, every time you switch to another book you will have to re-adjust the fonts, otherwise they will be huge. I found this a bit of a nuisance.
However, this is still a very useful addition to a novice writer's library and very good value for money.
I tried to speed-read this book, however, within the first few pages that became impossible, as the magnetism of each speckled paragraph, sentence, phrase and word, slowed me down to reading at a speed that I was able to inwardly digest the masses of yellow gold information that was being offered-up to me.
At first I found this frustrating, as I wanted to; get on, however, the sensible side of my brain suddenly realised, and prompted myself a logical question.
"Do you want to just - get on, and by the time you have speedily reached the end, you will have forgotten the beginning, and the middle; or do you want to surface out the other end of this course of education, with a treasure chest of gold-nuggets of knowledge that will allow your writing to benefit for years to come?"
H'mm! The answer was obvious.
Well written words are not read, and in fact, if they are that good, they are not even seen; quite-simply, only the emotions they carry should be experienced. This book is an education that builds the correct foundations for any aspiring writer.
My only sadness! Where are the exercises at the end of each topic that would have served to cement each piece of knowledge into place? H'mm!
Excellent book! I can see myself delving into this nugget-filled treasure chest, quite often.
Thank you Author
William (Hampshire UK)
I heartily recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are serious about writing that novel you need this book. Buy it - you will not be disappointed. It's also a really good read!Published 7 months ago by K. Baines
A good book with some great insights. It can get a bit repetitive as the whole book revolves around the the title concept, with all the writing tips having to relate to it, which... Read morePublished 22 months ago by dadja
For any aspiring novelist this is a great book. This isn't a thin self-help pamphlet, of which there are many on the market. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by Adrian Wills