9 Resources for Showing, Not Telling

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Show, don’t tell. How many times have you heard that? How often do we scour our work for signs of telling to eagerly correct the problem?

What exactly does it mean? Well, it’s the difference between:

Delilah felt excited.


Delilah’s eyes widened as she bounced on her toes. Her pounding heart thudded hard against her ribs and her pulse was deafening in her ears as a grin spread across her lips.

I’ve gathered some resources to help you show instead of tell! Some of these are absolute favorites of mine and I use them frequently as reference. Some also have links to purchase on Amazon.

1. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
I love, love, love this. It’s my go-to guide when I need help conveying a character’s emotion. It includes 75 different emotions your characters might feel. The beauty of…

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  1. Grinning from ear to ear, I reached for my notebook and an ink pen. Scouring the post for more informative tidbits, my page is ablaze with knowledge.

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful.

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