Example of telling rather than showing from Dispensing Justice

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When high school freshman Michael Gurrick’s father is killed by supervillains, he takes up his father’s supersuit and seeks justice (or will it be vengeance?) against his father’s killers.

Sometimes it’s better to tell.

Writers are frequently bombarded with well-intentioned advice. The admonition to show, don’t tell is one of the most common writerly forms of critique. The idea behind this advice is, more times than not, quite sound. Unfortunately, when “show, don’t tell” is treated as a rule rather than a guideline, the storytelling tends to suffer.

This chapter is from my novel Dispensing Justice (don’t worry, it’s only 1000 words or so) where I do a lot of “telling”. Further commentary follows the chapter.

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