Show, don’t tell.

http://writerswrite.co.za/five-incredibly-simple-ways-to-help-writers-show-and-not-tell

There are some great examples in this article, be sure to check them out! 

~Kaw

What can you do to make sure you Show and not Tell?

  1. Choose a viewpoint character: It is easier if you are experiencing the scene as one character. You can even try writing a scene in first person if this is hard for you. Use it as practice. You can change the viewpoint later if needed.
  2. Use the senses: Write a list of what your character sees, hears, feels, touches and tastes. Then write about it without using the words see, hear, feel, touch and taste.
  3. Be specific: The more specific you are with your descriptions and actions the easier it will become to show.
  4. Avoid these ‘telling’words: is, are, was, were, have, had. (more telling words to avoid)
  5. Dialogue: This is one of the simplest tools to use. The moment your characters start talking, showing becomes easier.

Happy showing.

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Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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