The advance copies of Showing & Telling by Laurie Alberts just arrived. I’m very excited about this book–it’s one of the most straightforward and helpful books I’ve had the pleasure of editing. It challenges the well-worn old writing adage “show don’t tell,” pointing out that effective stories need to do both. For a piece of writing to really come together it needs both scenes and sections of summary (areas where details are condensed to keep the pace of the story moving along).
This book is a welcome re-examination of these two important narrative tools and I think many writers will benefit from Alberts’s advice.