“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint on the broken glass.” — Russian author, Anton Chekhov
I was looking for some advice on how to write the perfect ending (nearly there!) when I came across this quote. I loved Lady With The Dog which is a brilliant showcase of what a short story should be. It came as such a surprise that this quote of Chekhov’s was one I had never seen before. Facebook usually assaults us with quotes from famous writers but not this one.
In this quote is everything that I have ever thought was important in anything I wrote or read. Showing is better than telling.
It draws me in and creates that tangible world around me. I can only hope my own book will do the same.