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Show, don't tell
Transcript of Show, don't tell
Adjectives are your friends.
Adjective = a word that DESCRIBES a noun.
Adjectives are like the
lenses of writing. They take something blurry and boring and make it specific and interesting. But don't OVER use them...
1. "Share" your story with someone in your COW group. Check "comment only."
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
Tell: She had a
sped through the
So how do we show instead of tell?
1. Use action verbs.
2. Use adjectives.
3. Imagine the scene from the character's perspective.
ACTION verbs SHOW!
around the dance floor like a princess as her smiling face seemed to
under the lights.
most of the pizza in all of its cheesy perfection. Despite his uncomfortably full stomach, he
he could not throw out the last piece. In one swift movement, he
the last of the pizza into his mouth.
Descriptive dialogue tags
Make your story come to life by using these "SHOW, don't TELL" techniques: