A friend directed me to an essay by Chuck Palahniuk, Nuts And Bolts: "Thought" Verbs, about showing versus telling. Actually, I’ve come across it before, but today, I thought it would be useful to mention here in this blog.
The point of Palahniuk’s essay is to train the writer to stop using words like thinks, knows, understands, realizes, believes, wants, remembers, imagines or desires, which are intangible, and instead, use words that show the physical action or details.
It’s a lesson we all need, and he even gives homework! So, check out the essay here and let me know your plans. Do you already do this and if so, how? Are you going to try his homework? And if you want, leave a “before” and “after” example in the comments section.