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I am often annoyed by the “show don’t tell” directive so often flung at new writers.  It’s one of those writing “rules” that seems best broken as often as followed but I read a great quote in the new issue of Tin House this week that gets more to the point: it doesn’t matter how you get there, but your reader had better feel something or you’re not doing your job.

 “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining but the feeling of being rained on.” 

– E.L. Doctorow