FAQ About Storytelling

11 months ago | gizem

What is the "show, don't tell" principle in storytelling?

"Show, don't tell" is a fundamental principle in storytelling that emphasizes the importance of conveying information, emotions, and details through actions, dialogue, and sensory experiences rather than directly stating them. By showing rather than telling, writers can engage the audience more effectively and create a richer and more immersive reading experience. Here's how the principle works:

  • Telling: Directly stating information, emotions, or descriptions without providing sensory or contextual details.
  • Example of Telling: "He was very sad about the loss."
  • Showing: Describing actions, expressions, and situations that allow readers to infer emotions, details, and information themselves.
  • Example of Showing: "He sat alone in his dimly lit room, his shoulders slumped, and his eyes red from hours of tears."