Show, don’t tell!

This is an activity from the A215 Creative Writing Course that I’m doing with the OU. It involves a few simple exercises that encourage the writers’ edict of ‘Show, don’t tell’  (Activity 9.2).

He felt tired – He stretched his lanky arms above his head, reaching for the ceiling, as he yawned and struggled to keep his straining-eyes focused on the lecturer.

She loved him – Gently stroking her hair, she looked at the crumpled old photograph and produced her most winning smile.

They loathed one another – The mutual nod of the head, and cold, hard stare acted as the precursor to their ephemeral conversation of short, sharp utterances.

The children were bored – The bickering and name-calling preceded the pushing and shoving as the siblings’ behaviour took a turn for the worse.

The Grandmother came home drunk – Her walking frame took the full force of her actions as she swayed from side to side and slurred incoherently at Tinker the Persian cat.

About Sean

I live in my own thoughts, chat to imaginary friends, and survive primarily on Snickers and Nescafe. I work full-time and study part-time for a BA in English Literature with the OU. Home is the North West of England, and my heroes are those authors that can make miracles out of paper and words…… “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain.
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3 Responses to Show, don’t tell!

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    A golden rule that has application not only in writing.

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  2. Sean says:

    Thank you very much. I agree, it really can be interpreted in many different ways, which I guess is what a writer wants from his audience: engagement from the reader, from his/her own perspective. 🙂


  3. prospermind says:

    “She loved him – Gently stroking her hair, she looked at the crumpled old photograph and produced her most winning smile.”
    Wow, there is just so much one can interpret into this line. Love the imagery I got from reading it. 🙂


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