Show, Don’t Tell!

The Truths of Timmy

Telling, rather than showing, is one of the most annoying things a writer can do when drafting a script of any sort. Film, spec scripts for television, comic books, anything; if you find yourself filling your dialogue with detailed descriptions of what your characters are exactly feeling and/or thinking, then you are doing your job wrong. Not only are you doing your job wrong, but you are also insulting the audience, and any potential actors or directors who try to adapt your work by saying that they are not smart enough to realize what the character is experiencing without being spoon fed the information. Yet, all too often, telling rather than showing seems to be the preferred or at least most prevalent way that many people write!

I’ll try to avoid the names of specific writers and programs or films in this post so let’s start off with a hypothetical…

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About WhiteShadow

The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

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