Saturday, November 10, 2012

Show and Tell - Transitions by Jessica Bell


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Have you been told there's a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you!

In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how to turn telling into showing. Dispersed throughout, and at the back of the book, are blank pages to take notes as you read. A few short writing prompts are also provided.

Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a light, convenient, and easy solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. Keep it in the side pocket of your school bag, throw it in your purse, or even carry it around in the pocket of your jeans or jacket, to enhance your skills, keep notes, and jot down story ideas, anywhere, anytime.

If you purchase the e-book, you will be armed with the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, where you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader's highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes instead.

The author, Jessica Bell, also welcomes questions via email, concerning the content of this book, or about showing vs. telling in general, at showandtellinanutshell@gmail.com

Reviews:
“Jessica Bell addresses one of the most common yet elusive pieces of writing advice—show, don't tell—in a uniquely user-friendly and effective way: by example. By studying the sixteen scenes she converts from “telling” into “showing,” not only will you clearly understand the difference; you will be inspired by her vivid imagery and dialogue to pour through your drafts and do the same.” ~Jenny Baranick, College English Teacher, Author of Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares
 
“A practical, no-nonsense resource that will help new and experienced writers alike deal with that dreaded piece of advice: show, don’t tell. I wish Bell’s book had been around when I started writing!” ~Talli Roland, bestselling author

Purchase the paperback:
$4.40 on Amazon US
£3.99 on Amazon UK

Purchase the e-book:
$1.99 on Amazon US
£1.99 on Amazon UK
$1.99 on Kobo

About the Author:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author and poet, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit: 
Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook

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27 comments:

  1. sounds like a handy book! thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. My pleasure. I plan to get one for myself.

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    1. Great, Alex. I plan to get mine soon.

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    2. Should be up on Kobo Canada now as I've had a purchase from Australia. If it's available there, I don't see why it's not in Canada. Let me know if it's still not there and I'll check it out.

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  3. I've seen this pop up in a few places recently. Great idea for a writer's pocket guide. Wish her much success with it. :)

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    1. Yes, and I do like books on writing almost as much as writing. (by fave authors that is)

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  4. Great idea for a book -- we could all do with a little more showing and a little less telling in our novels. Yet...it's funny how many published works I read with TONS of telling in them.

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    1. Can't argue with that, Milo. Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. It is funny isn't it. But you have to remember, that it can get tedious if you don't have a little bit of telling to move the necessary, but not so important moments forward. A book needs a good balance of both in my opinion.

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  5. This is great! I'm just someone who likes to tell stories in my blog and I know I have a lot to learn, so I'm off to get a copy from amazon. Thanks for this and all the best to Ms. Bell.

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    1. Jessica will be pleased, Inger. I love your stories, so don't discount them.

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  6. Thanks for the follow and Welcome, Paula R.C.

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  7. Jessica Bell is a wonder: poet, singer, novelist. This book sounds intriguing.

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    1. You're right, some people get a larger helping of talent. I like the idea of the Vine Leaves Literary Journal (see logo in sidebar).

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  8. i have been told my writing style is more of a story teller--truth be told, i hate to write dialogue---i should surely read this book!!

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    1. Storytellers have a long, rich history, so nothing wrong with that.

      Jessica's book 'shows' us how-to fix what's ailing.

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  9. Awesome book, and Jessica's so great at writing and instruction. I know it's going to be a super tool for writers~ :o) <3

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    1. I downloaded my copy today. And I've started reading it.

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  10. Sounds so good! I'm going to buy this book..thanks for the recommendation.

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  11. A great tool for writers. Congrats to Jessica.

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