How to Write Immersive Fiction

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

One of the most interesting, albeit difficult things a writer can do is create a story that allows a reader to actually experience what the protagonist is feeling. In such a story, ‘telling’ is absolutely forbidden. ‘Showing’ becomes everything. Certainly as a writer you’ve been told over and over to ‘show not tell’ but in most stories a certain amount of telling is not only acceptable but necessary unless you want your narrative to drag on for several hundred thousand words. While that might be acceptable to you, if you are sufficiently fortunate to have an editor, he or she will probably react poorly.

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