66 – Show and Tell

The Mythcreant Podcast

Ariel, Chris, and Oren describe the difference between showing elaborate spectacle and simply telling what happens. They discuss how showing can invoke deep emotions and contemplate when telling is warranted. Listen to hear how writers enhance storytelling with showing and telling.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Should You Show or Tell?

Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

Five Ways to Use Pets in Your Story – Without Killing Them

Five Disappointing Villains

Five Unrealistic Character Traits

Outlander Teaches Us How to Disempower Our Heroine

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

New Moon (The Twilight Saga Book 2) by Stephanie Meyer

Crow Fishers from Mad Max: Fury Road

Legend of the Five Rings

Betrayal at House on the Hill

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  1. Jess L

    I recently found your podcast on iTunes and I need to say, it’s eyeopening. I have beta readers reading my first ever finished novel and one of them told me, “You do a lot of telling, not a lot of showing.” This particular podcast is helping me keep the two of these straight.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      Congratulations for getting your first novel to beta readers, that’s no small accomplishment! If our podcast has been helpful in showing (I’m terrible) you how to strengthen your work, we’d be grateful for a review on iTunes, or whatever service you listen through.

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