S11E2 – Tell: How to Identify and Correct Cases of Telling

There are all kinds of four-letter words people consider to be bad. In writing, those four-letter words aren’t the traditional ones most people think about when they hear the phrase. The four-letter words of writing are the difficult topics to consider, write about, or simply just to do. None of the words are bad, but can be frightening for new authors or authors unfamiliar with certain topics. They are all something that needs to be addressed, at least, and decisions made on how to use them to the author’s advantage. Through June, this podcast will be breaking down those difficult words, such as edit, time, LGBT, and best.

Writers are constantly told to show and not tell, but it can be difficult for new authors to identify the difference. While there are times telling can be useful, it is most often boring. Readers don’t get to discover the intricacies on their own when the story tells them everything. This episode explains how to find and fix cases where showing would be best.

First aired June 4. 2020.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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