Transform Your Writing by Mastering the Art of 'Show Don't Tell' With Our Detailed Guide

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One of the most frequent pieces of advice our editors give to our authors is to use the "Show Don't Tell" technique in their writing. We hear it so often, but how many of us actually know what it means and how to use it in our own writing?
This guide teaches you what the phrase actually means, how to spot when you should be 'showing' and not 'telling' (and when it's ok to 'tell') and how to perfect this technique.

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