Show Don’t Tell? Austen & Dickens Say to Hell with That

How Jane Austen and Charles Dickens broke the most common writing advice of our times

Terena Bell
Feb 1 · 3 min read
Photograph: Mayank Austen Soofi

‘Show, don’t tell’ is probably the most over-prescribed advice in fiction writing today: Don’t tell your reader the character’s emotions, show them.