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Showing & telling : learn how to show & when to tell for powerful & balanced writing / Laurie Alberts.

Alberts, Laurie. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781599631592 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1599631598 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 9781599631721 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1599631725 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (250 pages)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2010]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The purposes of scenes -- Types of scenes -- Scene structure -- Tools of the scene trade -- The sins of scenes -- The uses of summary -- Reflection -- More tools of the summary trade -- The sins of summary -- Using summary to set up scenes -- Inserting summary in the midst of scenes -- Inserting scene in the midst of summary -- Scene, summary and pace -- Following a scene with reflective summary -- Balancing scene and summary -- Transitions -- Beginnings and endings.
Summary, etc.:
Write vibrant scenes and essential summaries "Show-don't tell." How many times have you heard this standard bit of writing advice? It's so common in writing courses and critiques that it has become a cliché. Writers are often told to write scenes, dramatize, cut exposition, cut summary-but it's misguided advice. The truth is good writing almost always requires both showing and telling. The trick is finding the right balance of scene and summary-the two basic components of creative prose. Showing and Telling shows you how to employ each of these essential techniques in the appropriate places within a narrative. You'll learn how to: write scenes and cut exposition compress time and summarize background information create graceful transitions effectively inject interpretation and more Complete with examples from bestsellers and interactive exercises, this comprehensive guide offers an in-depth look at scene development, the role of reflection in storytelling, the art of summarizing, and how to bring it all together.
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Description based on print version record.
Subject: Creative writing > Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Authorship > Handbooks, manuals, etc.
English language > Rhetoric > Handbooks, manuals, etc.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing.
REFERENCE / Writing Skills.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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