Many of us are familiar with the “Show, don’t Tell” writing rule, but few of us realize how vital it is to writing our stories’ themes.
In fact, one of the most common problems that come up with theme, happens because the writer tells the theme more than shows it. So, when you learn how to show your theme, you are well on your way to writing a stronger one–which means writing a stronger story.
Let’s briefly review the “Show, don’t Tell” writing rule and go over why telling theme alone is rarely effective. Then we’ll follow up with why and how to show your theme.