Quote It! Anton Chekhov

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

– Anton Chekhov, a Russian physician, dramatist, and author


Ah, the old “show, don’t tell” advice. Good advice never gets old, however. (Though some continue to rail against it.)

As is often the case, Grammar Girl makes the distinctions clear–including when writers should tell and not show.

What tips do you keep nearby to help you remember to show in your writing?


Michael Ehret, for Writing on the Fine Line

4 thoughts on “Quote It! Anton Chekhov

  1. For me it’s searching for adverbs and replacing them with strong verbs to show what’s happening; a tactic I learned from Brown & King’s Self-Editing for Fiction Writer’s. With practice I’ll become more proficient, but even now I’ve seen huge improvements in what I’ve written. Love the quote!

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