Show, Don’t Tell Review

Ebook, 112 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Writing
By: Sandra Gerth

โ€œTelling is like giving readers a secondhand report afterward. Showing lets readers experience the events firsthand, through the five senses of the character.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I haven’t heard of this book until I got a message from the beta-reading group moderator. She mentioned that this was a helpful book and that it was available for free on Amazon. I downloaded it because there was nothing to lose and after reading it I can say that there is much to gain!

๐ŸŒŸ The full title of the book is: Show, Don’t Tell: How to write vivid descriptions, handle backstory, and describe your charactersโ€™ emotions. And it does exactly that. I am not an expert when it comes to the writing process since I specialized in a totally different subject in University. However, I like books and everything related to them, I even want to write my own book one day.

๐ŸŒŸ I postponed writing my first novella because I want to learn more. I want to bring something good to the world and I think this makes me one step closer to this! I have read other books on the writing process and one book mentioned not using adverbs when writing but never explaining why. After reading this I get it! This was so simple yet so helpful. It can be and should be read by anyone willing to write a story.

๐ŸŒŸ I noticed that I can now differentiate the telling vs showing when I read and that was the whole point of this book so I can easily say that it did an excellent job in what it promised it will do! I may check the authors other books since this one was good.

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