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  1. One writer saying you should 'tell not show' is not enough refereance to ignore what everyone else is telling you. All of these other people are a sampling of what your readers amy think also.

  2. Okay, maybe I'm just in the mood to play Devil's Advocate, but I think a lot of the writing in your "telling" scenes was pretty darn good! I liked the details that would be impossible to fully convey through an action or expression.

  3. This is a topic that can bring writers to blows. Show vs. tell is a difficult concept to understand. It takes practice and perseverance to master the nuances, to know when to tell and when to show. If you’re telling rather than showing your story you're describing what’s going on in a scene. When you tell rather than show, you are essentially telling the reader how to feel, because it’s your version of the story. Showing a scene instead, brings the reader in and lets them experience things right up front in their own way. The way a character reacts or thinks about sounds or events around him deepens the scene.If you tell this it flattens the impact of the story. Just telling you.

  4. I suspect F. Scott was as deftly criticized, sir. That your nking and acting differently than skilled critics tells me that you may one day share his book sales and popularity. As readers we are all fickle, thus some thing are "in" and others are not. Let's hope your stance is rewarded (I personally prefer your style) with this year's changing tide of readers' purchasing whim. Nicely expressed Mr. Bacot.

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