Show Don’t Tell
Hello, My Writing Colleague,
As a writer, you undoubtedly heard the phrase, “show, don’t tell.” What does that mean, exactly?
It is a way of writing that brings the story to life in the imagination of your reader by immersing your character in the situation rather than skimming the situation. For example:
Telling: Maude drove to the ranch in two hours.
Showing: Her SUV was vibrating with the bass of the music and Maude was bouncing in the driver’s seat to the beat. Pressing the gas pedal, she zipped down the highway vowing to be at the ranch in two hours.
Assignment: Using descriptive words, paint the picture that portrays the emotion the character is holding in the scene and make the reader “feel” it.
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Onward, My Writing Colleague.