Telling Versus Showing In Dialog

I am still learning the differences between telling and showing in my writing. And sometimes I get confused by all of the opinions out there.

One of the questions that I have had concerns the use of dialog, and whether or not dialog does a good enough job at showing, or if it can slip into telling the reader what to think and feel. And editor by the name of Victoria Mixon answered my unspoken question today, and said it like this:

“Dialog is part of showing. “Showing” is where the author shows the characters as they act and speak and move in their described environment—and keeps their own big trap shut.”

Yeah. That is what I thought. But not everybody thinks dialog is “showing”. Read the rest of her post here and find out why she was banging her head on her desk. Thanks, Victoria!


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