A quick lesson in show don’t tell

We’re all told as writers to show and not tell- let readers come to their own conclusions about characters. But how do we do this?  How can we spot areas in our manuscript that need to change if we’re completely wrapped up in it?

Searching on these words in your manuscript will easily help you pinpoint places where you can show instead of tell.  You will learn to love the Cntrl + F command 🙂

  • feel
  • felt
  • think
  • thought
  • hate
  • love
  • “LY” words – this will catch instances like slowly, passively, etc. that you can improve upon

Once you’ve searched on these words and fixed the passages in question, search again until you’ve done all that you can do.

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