So I thought a regular feature of my blog should be highlighting some of the amazing posts I've found while researching/procrastinating/hiding from my WIP. My only gripe is that I always tend to find things AFTER I need them. Take for instance the recent New Voices competition. I thought my entry was okay - nothing spectacular (I'm not practised enough for spectacular just yet) but I had hoped that the eds might see a spark and ask to see more or something else. They didn't. And after reading Shirley Jump's article, I now know why.
I don't know many writers who, when they were starting out, didn't have a problem with the whole 'Show Don't Tell' concept. It's not difficult to understand - pretty straight forward really - but it's really hard to do. And by 'really hard' I mean the hair pulling out, swearing at inanimate objects, keyboard tossing kind of hard. But fear not because the amazing Shirley Jump has come to our rescue (see there where 'I' just became 'we' - we're in this together now whether you like it or not)!
Shirley's article is fabulous not only because it explains HOW to Show Not Tell but best of all - it gives examples!! I love examples. And even better, she gives non-examples (for those of you unfamiliar with this term it means how not to do it - aka Elissa's NV entry). So rush over and have a read and then print it out and pin it somewhere near your writing nook.
If only someone could invent a keyboard for writers that:
- makes a loud Doom-doom noise every time I modify 'said' with an adverb;
- shrieks like a banshee every time I use the verb 'to be' or a form of it;
- tsk-tsks every time I include the phrases 'looked' or 'felt'; and
- says "oh no you didn't" if I forget and use anything other than 'said' for a dialogue tag.