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Alida and Emma Darwin continue the conversation on “show, don’t tell” this week. We get right into psychic distance and more. Way more. 




Before you watch, make sure you have listened to Episode 59, which is part one of this conversation.

What is psychic distance and filtering? How can we use our writers gaze properly? How do you get rid of your frame and allow the reader to fill in the gaps? Don’t forget to use all your senses and put your characters in action in your space in order to show effectively.

Visit Emma at This Itch of Writing.

What we talked about:

What is psychic distance and filtering? And how does the writers gaze effect showing versus telling? (2:32)

How is filtering the bad type of telling? How do you get rid of that frame? (5:30)

When is the prose getting in the way? (12:52)

Don’t forget your other senses! (15:00)

What you choose to show interacts with characters-in-action. (19:08)

How should you show your characters space? (23:12)

Keep the things in your space there for a purpose! (25:20)

Don’t be too overt with your foreshadowing. (27:58)

How important is making it so the readers can connect the dots in your fiction? (31:45)

Final thoughts about showing versus telling. (32:35)


Things we mentioned:

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Chekhov’s Gun
Downton Abbey

Want more about these topics? Check out:

SWRT 058 Narrative Drive

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