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Alright guys, this is going to be something that is an addition to the next journal entry we’re making on the club’s DA. I’m gonna go a little more in-depth on what we mean by “Show, don’t tell”
This was probably our number one crit point we all had when judging entries. There were a LOT of entries that either had too much dialogue or had dialogue when it really wasn’t needed or decided to opt out of scenes and instead just say that they did it without SHOWING the character doing the action.
So without further ado, the first topic:
THE WALL OF TEXT SYNDROME
To fix this, try to break up the dialogue into separate panels OR (even better) try to see how much dialogue you can eliminate! A lot of times an expression or a motion can convey something better than a character giving an exposition speech. If it’s backstory, have a flashback!
Readers don’t really enjoy reading a giant wall of text. If you can make it visual, that’s always a better route to go.
You CAN break this rule— but it would be used more like this:
A character ranting or rambling would be a way of using the wall of text to your advantage. The only thing is that the dialogue in there show not be SUPER important— a reader should be able to look and get the gist of what is being said and move on— if they want they can read it for fun, but it shouldn’t be integral to the plot.
OMITTING SCENES AND USING DIALOGUE TO REPLACE IT
Picture this. You’re reading a comic and it’s gearing up towards a great and epic battle. They’re been foreshadowing it and showing how worried/excited their character is for it… and then the next panel is this:
Wow, that hurts, doesn’t it?
In reality, major scenes like this should NEVER be omitted. EVER. It’s a plot point and a big deal for the character. While they may have done it, SHOW the readers they did!
Two comics, one with dialogue and one without. Which is more effective at showing the action?
The answer is both are equally effective… so why have speech bubbles in the first place?
This is just something to think about and something we hope you all take into account in the next round to come.
We don’t mean that you should get rid of dialogue altogether, just that some of you need to practice letting your pictures tell the story. :)