Q: We hear all the time, “Show, don’t tell.” My feeling is
the point is overused. Better might be “Telling is okay,
but it must be interesting and justified, for example,
moving the story along.” What do you say?
A: Everything in creative writing is a matter of
moderation. Back story almost always includes a little
telling, but keep the “telling” to a minimum. Make sure it
involves as many action verbs as possible, and it probably
will be fine.
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