Stacey (slb44) wrote in fcol,

Showing not Telling

I think maybe it's time someone explains this concept to the writers out there. Not just SG writers, not just fanfic authors, but all writers of fiction, everywhere. We've all done it. Yes, even the best, most talented professional authors have fallen into that oh so tempting and easy trap. I'll just slip a chapter or two of exposition in here and save me the trouble of actually writing all those scenes.

I've just begun to read a lengthy new SG fanfic, that was posted in multiple parts and much raved about by all who've read it. The story is by an author whom I've enjoyed in the past and look forward to seeing post. So I'm reading part one and I'm saying. Wait a minute. Stop telling me what happened and show me. If this stuff is oh so necessary to your story, then show me what happened. Show me and let me hear the characters say the words in their own voices. Let me see the action. Let me feel the heat of battle, or of passion. Don't tell me about it as if your point of view character is an old man sitting in his rocking chair at a retirement home telling his great grandchildren about the good old days. Show me the story dagnabit!
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