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Resist the Urge to Explain | Resist the Urge to Explain

pat-bertram's picture
There is a maxim in writing called R.U.E — Resist the Urge to Explain. Supposedly, if you show your readers the story rather than explaining it to them, it will allow readers to draw their own conclusions, thereby making readers a part of the story. In some ways, my novel More Deaths Than One is a...
terry-odell's picture
When I began writing, my crit partners would often return my pages with passages labeled R.U.E. I think it's a common "beginner's" mistake and I thought it might be worth a mention. Anyone who's undertaken writing has heard "Show, Don’t Tell"—probably more times than they've...