Editing to Show
How often have you been told to show, don't tell? I don't get told that as much as I used to, but I still do. It's standard advice for writers, but not always easy to follow as one might think. Lately, I think I've been doing an excellent job of showing in my writing. Like many things in life, though, there's always room, often ample room, for improvement. Recently, the book Show, Don't Tell by Sandra Gerth was recommended to me as a manual offering concrete advice and examples on how to improve my writing by making it more immediate. The book is a quick read and well worth the time investment. If anyone still tells you to show, don't tell, read this book. Following the advice in this slender volume will take your writing to the next level.
For a week now, I've been steadily editing my YA fantasy scene by scene with the intent of doing more showing. Without a doubt, applying Sandra Gerth's advice is improving my writing. This book is an excellent addition to any writer's bookshelf.