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Show, don't tell

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Nicole Spaeth

on 25 August 2016

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Show, don't tell
Adjectives are your friends.
Adjective = a word that DESCRIBES a noun.

Adjectives are like the
ZOOM
lenses of writing. They take something blurry and boring and make it specific and interesting. But don't OVER use them...
COW Groups
1. "Share" your story with someone in your COW group. Check "comment only."

2. Find
two
parts of your partner's story where they can "SHOW, don't TELL." Highlight the section, and comment about what you'd like to see in that scene/conversation/description.

3. When you're done, check your own story to see your partner's comments and begin revising those sections by using the "SHOW, don't TELL" techniques!

Show vs. Tell
What differences do you notice between these two sentences?

1. The wind was cold.

2. The icy wind whipped across my exposed skin, forcing me to bury my face into the safe haven of my jacket. "It's a good day for the beach!" I joked with my friend as we trudged to the bus stop.


LINKING verbs TELL.

Most "tell" sentences use
linking verbs
:

1. She
is
pretty.
2. He
likes
pizza.




For example...
Tell: She had a
nice
car.

Show: Her
sleek, black
BMW

sped through the
crowded
parking lot.
So how do we show instead of tell?
1. Use action verbs.

2. Use adjectives.

3. Imagine the scene from the character's perspective.

4. Use
realistic
dialogue.
ACTION verbs SHOW!
1. She
twirled
around the dance floor like a princess as her smiling face seemed to
sparkle
under the lights.

2. He
devoured
most of the pizza in all of its cheesy perfection. Despite his uncomfortably full stomach, he
knew
he could not throw out the last piece. In one swift movement, he
stuffed
the last of the pizza into his mouth.
ZOOM!
Football player
Brock Osweiler
Action verbs
Unique adjectives
Figurative language
Dialogue
Descriptive dialogue tags
Make your story come to life by using these "SHOW, don't TELL" techniques:
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