Free Writing Lessons - Class 3: Showing Versus Telling

This is the third creative writing class from CWN's free writing lessons in fiction. If you're not signed up for the writing course, click here to get started. It's free!

Free Writing Courses - Class 3

Topic: Showing versus Telling

Hello, my favorite student. Today's class is about showing versus telling, how to write scenes.

10-minute writing - Do this after reading the lesson:

Take the character whose profile you wrote during the last class. How does this character act when she or he is afraid? Imagine that this character is alone at home with someone he or she's afraid of. Why is this person in your character's home? Why is your character afraid of this person? You decide. Write part of the scene. Show your character's fear without telling it.

Today's reading - After you finish reading, come back to this page to complete the 10-minute writing. You'll see other links and options, but don't let them distract you -- come right back:

How to Write Fiction that Comes Alive


  1. First, fill out the Progress Checklist, and come back to this page.
  2. Next, complete today's reading, and come back.
  3. After you've finished the reading, do the 10-minute writing assignment. To review the guidelines for 10-minute writing assignments, click here.
  4. When you're finished, fill out a Writing Goals Worksheet. The goals you choose here will be your homework for next time.
  5. After you've filled out the Writing Goals worksheet, put the date and time for Class 4 on your calendar.

Good progress! See you next time.

Useful links for CWN free writing lessons

Class 4: Plot

Orientation Guide for Free Creative Writing Courses

Writers' Goals Worksheet

Progress Checklist for Writers

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