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Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing (Writing in a Nutshell Series Book 1) by [Bell, Jessica]
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Have you been told there's a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you!

In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how to turn telling into showing. A few short writing prompts are also provided.

Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a user-friendly and simple solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. With the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader's highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes as you read, and/or record your story ideas, anywhere, anytime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vine Leaves Press; 2 edition (30 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A38L986
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For any writer seriously needing a very simple and explicit practice-oriented understanding of the difference between telling and showing this is an excellent little primer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea for Busy Writers Who Need Help 6 December 2012
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What do writers like to get in their holiday stockings? How about helpful writing books, such as Show and Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing? How many of us have had our manuscripts critiqued and have also heard during that critique, "You are telling too much. You need to show"? So, how does Jessica Bell's book help writers learn to show and not tell in just a little over one hundred pages?

Jessica's entire idea is to create a handbook for writers that shows how to show and not tell, and she succeeds by presenting sixteen scenes to read and learn from. In her introduction, she suggests that you read each scene four times and focus on different parts of it each time. After reading it through once, then the second time, writers should "identify the telling words/phrases." By the last time a scene is read, a writer will be brainstorming their own ways to "fix" the scene. (In the print version of the book, Jessica provides blank pages to take notes and try your own wording of the scenes.)

So, what does a scene entail? First, readers will encounter a list of attributes that a writer is trying to portray in a scene. For example, in the first scene, the list is: "amazing view, awe, feel hot, relief, feel tired." The next page has a paragraph, full of telling.

Sandy stood at the foot of the Egyptian Pyramids. Though she was hot, tired and sore, she was awestruck by the amazing view and felt a sense of relief. Finally, she'd made it.

Obviously, there's a lot of telling in that above example. Can you pick that out? The next page in the book, which I won't share with you here, provides Jessica's version of the same paragraph, but with showing details, instead of telling. Then there's a page for notes.

What I like about this book is that the author tells you what she wants to portray in each paragraph with a list, provides a simple telling example, and then she gives a good example of showing instead of telling. She is also encouraging you to do the same--in your own style. How could you rewrite the above paragraph to show Sandy was hot without telling the reader she's hot? Would you do it the same way as Jessica? Can you figure out more than one way to do it?

Each of the sixteen scenes is set up like this. There's no long explanations on why the author chose to do what she did. This is a short, concise book, but it gets the point across. In the end, the author provides three writing exercises and her e-mail address, where she invites readers to contact her if they have questions or need more writing prompts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information! 30 December 2015
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Good information and learning to show, not tell is a fabulous skill for a writer. This was a very short book and I thought there could have been a lot more information included. I will say that in the examples between telling and then showing felt like the telling part was just a summary rather than a written piece. Then the showing was the full part with dialogue, etc. I would have liked two actual examples to compare. Worth adding this to your writing knowledge.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!!! 15 March 2013
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I didn't hunt this book down. It was recommended to me, so I snatched it up immediately after reading the blurb. When I read Bell's introduction it was like looking in a mirror. I've been critiqued on occasion for having produced too much telling and not enough showing in my fictional works.

I nearly gave up the search for a concise and practical set of tools like the ones Bell offers in her quick to read, easy to use manual. I now have a new found confidence to get back to working on revising one of my works in progress, using the techniques I've picked up by reading "Show & Tell In A Nutshell." Thanks Ms. Bell for doing such a great job making the concept so accessible.
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic resource for writers 1 April 2013
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To make action scenes and characters come alive, you show instead of tell. With sixteen examples of show versus tell and writing exercises at the end, SHOW & TELL IN A NUTSHELL is a fantastic resource for writers. If someone has had agents, editors, critique partners, and so on point out areas of telling--which is a weakness--this book will help strengthen his or her writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A book of examples 23 January 2014
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If you're trying to learn how to not tell but show in your writing, this book could help -- IF you are a beginning writer who does not even understand the concept. However, if you're a more advanced writer who wants more ideas or techniques explained to you, this book may not cut it. There are about 12 examples in this book, and that's about it. It doesn't tell you HOW or WHY things are done, though towards the end there's a worksheet of sorts to help you craft it. I suppose I'm not the target audience for this book and I felt that I didn't get the value that I desired from it.