To show, or not to show…


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Not only am I an awesome mom, I am also a writer/ author. I’m not a professional…yet, just a budding author. I have taken a few classes to help me learn the right and wrongs of writing. I am still learning new things as I go. One of the important things that I have learned, and this is coming from the professionals, is that you are either a writer, or you’re not. You can’t be a writer and call yourself ‘an aspiring writer’ or ‘an aspiring author’. To aspire means to want. In other words, what you’re saying is, you want to be a writer, but you don’t write. Either you are a writer/ author, or you’re not.

In one of my creative writing classes, I’ve learned the writing process of ‘show, don’t tell’. At first, I was clueless. What does that mean? Someone had to explain it to me. When telling a story, you have to show people your story, not just tell it. You already know what your story is about, what your characters look like, what the scenery looks like, your readers don’t. You have to show those details in your writing, so when someone is reading it, they can get the visual of what your story is about and what it looks like.

I had also learned the saying, ‘gun on the mantel piece’. Which means if you explain everything in your story, such as items in the room, like the gun on the mantel piece, you better use it in your story somewhere. This is a such thing as too much detail.

There are some instances where you have to tell and not show. I found a blog where she explains it perfectly, click here.

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