SHOW & TELL IN A NUTSHELL: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing by Jessica Bell is brilliant. It is a pocket-guide reference for writers that need help with the skill of showing instead of telling in their works.
Personally, I feel as though every aspiring author has been told at one point in time, “To show and not tell.” I know that for me, at first I could not grasp that concept and would become easily frustrated with it. This quick reference guide shows you how to transition a dull paragraph into a colorful one. There are 16 scenes (IE – examples) to show you how to pick key words that are telling. Bell then rewrites the scene to demonstrate ways of showing the scene in a more effective, emotional way. Blank pages are also included for your benefit to jot your ideas down.
Keep in mind, like any writing instructional book, it is not going to work wonders for you unless you practice and write every day. Trial and error is what makes the writer. This book provides guidance for that process.
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