2.06.2013

IWSG - show me


show me, don't tell me.

it's one of the biggest rules in writing and one of the most difficult to execute. i just finished a major round of edits on THE OFFERING...

and my amazing and wonderful CP challenged me (at my request) and in all the good ways us writer's need to be challenged in order to produce something REAL.

but those words kept coming up...show me. show me. show me.

i could explain how my MC was feeling in an email or in my rambling mind, but that's still telling isn't it. SHOWING, now that's a whole other monster.

in the end i got there. i still have much to learn, but really getting under my MC's skin, into her head(and with some great CP suggestions), made all the difference.

how do you show and not tell?

what do you do to get to know your characters?

do share, because i'm up for anything :)

*oh and a side note from my last IWSG post, i submitted a short story to the blog in the post and mine was chosen! fiction femme fatale blog.

**thanks to alex cavanaugh for starting the insecure writers support group!

10 comments:

  1. Show don't tell is one thing I've struggled with over the years too. It's easier to TELL someone, isn't it! This is a great post..... I'm happy to be part of this group. BTW I love the "name" of your blog!
    Hugs
    Katt

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    1. so true katt. thanks for stopping by! and yes, i love IWSG!

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  2. Congrats on the fffb thing.

    I get to know my characters by taking them with me wherever I go. I try to decide what they'd put in their shopping trolley, how they'd react to the weather, if they'd enjoy the view I'm looking at. Stuff like that.

    I talk to them too. Try to do that bit quietly in public places or you may get asked to leave.

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    1. thanks patsy! and yes, good to be aware of our volume when speaking to the invisible in public ;)

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  3. Showing not telling can be a challenge. I love your picture of banging your head on the typewriter. Grin. I think I've been there a time or two.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2013/02/rub-dub-dub-read-in-tub.html

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    1. thanks mia - it isn't me, but was too perfect not to post!!!

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  4. Haha. One of my CP's is the show don't tell queen. Mine is usually in the actions. Like don't tell me he's surprised, show me. LOL. But I use music to get in my MC's head. And relationships too. Like with their mom or best friend. How do they interact with that person and therefore interact with the world and what I throw at them. And as you know, I sometimes try to talk like them. ;)

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    1. ha! yes jenny, i need to try talking to mine in different accents :p

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  5. Show don't tell is always a challenge for me. It's easy to forget *I* know what's going on, but not my readers. LOL That's what makes writing partners awesome. They'll spot those tricky telling moments and give you a big note that says "SHOW ME!" =)

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    1. I love my CP's!!! Thanks for stopping by Patricia :)

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