Show and Tell in Writing

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If you submit your creative writing for critiquing, you’ll quickly become familiar with the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.”

According to the modern critiquer, “telling” is an unspeakably evil act in the realm of creative writing. You must never tell. Always show.

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, showing is more interesting for the reader. On the other, well… Imagine if you had, back in kindergarten, had “show” instead of “show and tell.” Imagine each child holding up a random ass item, allowing the other children to stare at it for a length of time, then wordlessly returning to their seat.

There is room in the world for show and tell, and both are important. I don’t see a need to show everything, but this is where my stance on the matter shifts.

Showing is so much better.

Showing happens in verbs. With action.

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Writing the Opposite Sex

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I want to make clear my opinion before I get into the meat of this post: I almost always write about the opposite sex. (So, men.) I don’t know why. I’d just rather.

So obviously, I think you should write about who-the-fuck-ever you want.

You’ll run into plenty of people who think otherwise. In my millions and millions of play by post roleplays over the years, I ran into plenty of people who got outright pissed when they found out I don’t have a penis. Mind you, this was us playing as fictional, made up characters, not me catfishing people as a dude.

I’ve had people tell me that, as a woman, I can’t write convincingly from a male point of view. (Before seeing my writing.)

If someone comes at you with that bullshit, headbutt them in the face ignore their ass. You can and must write who and what…

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Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

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You’ve just written a bangin’ chapter for your novel. You’ve looked over it for typos and grammatical errors. You even waited, sleeping on it before reading again in the morning. Everything seems to be in order, so you put yourself out there.

And putting yourself out there feels a lot like walking naked into a busy city street, all your goods exposed to the speculative eyes of strangers passing by. Will you get appreciate glances, nods or raised thumbs?

Or will people sneer, whisper to their partner, and cackle?

You know it’s a vulnerable feeling, but maybe this isn’t your first rodeo. You know your privateschapter is kickass and people are going to love it.

But then the first critique comes in and… the critiquer hated it. Their suggestions amount to more words than you even submitted.

“This style just isn’t doing it for me,” says one stranger.

“I’m…

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Know Your Characters

Characters are the lifeblood the story. You can fabricate a setting that lives and breathes, but without characters to thrive in it, you do not have a story. Characters without characterization are all but useless. Don’t get me wrong: they can still carry out all the actions the story requires, bringing it from beginning to [...]

Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (No Spoilers!)

I know Margaret Atwood to be one of the greats, and once started another of her books. It was strange, albeit well written, but as I usually do I got distracted and didn’t finish it. I’ve heard about The Handmaid’s Tale a lot lately, especially with the Hulu series now out. So, I downloaded the [...]

Show and Tell in Writing

If you submit your creative writing for critiquing, you’ll quickly become familiar with the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” According to the modern critiquer, “telling” is an unspeakably evil act in the realm of creative writing. You must never tell. Always show. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, showing is more interesting for [...]

Movie Review – The Circle, 2017

I'm reviewing this movie because I reviewed the book. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BOTH THE BOOK AND THE MOVIE. I want to start by saying Tom Hanks was perfect for his role in this movie. He was an excellent choice for the character Eamon Bailey. I thought his acting was fantastic. I thought his acting was [...]

Book Review – The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle isn't my usual book choice, but a friend described it to me, and I thought I'd give it a try. Especially since they're making a movie about it; see the trailer here! I downloaded the audiobook right away. WARNING: PUNY SPOILERS AHEAD Right away I was drawn to the foul-mouthed, comedic Annie. She's [...]