Five Great Quotations about ‘Show Don’t Tell’

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” – Lewis Carroll

“Vigorous writing is concise.” – William Strunk Jr.

“Don’t explain why it works; explain how you use it.” – Steven Brust

“Don’t say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me.” – C.S. Lewis