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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tell, Don't Show. By John von Daler

                        In “1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare” by James Shapiro the author makes the point that Shakespeare’s audience knew the theater exceptionally well, so well in fact that they made his great works possible through their sophisticated response.


                Our time is defined by too many potential writers and by too few good readers. Perhaps all that television and all those movies have made us forget how to understand words and sentences; we lack a good and distinguished audience for our writing. What we need is a lot more good readers and, after they are established, writers who create works for that audience by learning not just to show, but to #TELL with all those wonderful words in the English language.
                After all, telling a story is the purpose of writing fiction. If you just are going to #show it, you would be better off making a film. Or is that indeed what most writers do these days, make pictureless films with dialogue and action?
                I think we should go back to writing books, stories, novels, with lots of glorious words, metaphors, similies, and descriptions. Drown the reader in words! Go back to telling! ... That could initiate a new, broad base of excellent readers. And then who knows what could happen!

My book, "Pieces: A Life in Eight Movements and a Prelude" tells at least as much as it shows. You can buy it HERE!

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