13 Introduction

In this section we will examine the roll of description in your writing. You will discover that description is an essential tool in the Show, Don’t Tell Methodology. At the most basic level it is used to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. Allowing them to clearly follow your story. However, on a subtler level description can be used to express emotion.

The Show, Don’t Tell Methodology teaches us that we must remove all back-story, emotion and plot development from the narrative and, instead, present it in a way that engages the reader.

It is essential that the reader is never given back-story/emotion/plot but, instead, discovers it as they read. The first port of call in this process is the dialogue. After all, how better to pass back-story and plot, than from the mouths of your characters.

However, emotion presents a new challenge.

You will discover that the way the characters react, and how you describe this reaction, will help express emotion to your readers.

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