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Show Not Tell
Show Not Tell Show and NOT tell is a writing technique which creates more interest in writing. It is a way to include more details, which are specific in your writing. It can also explain emotions, feelings or perspectives of a character without stating it bluntly. It can also develop the atmosphere or mood of a story.
Show NOT Tell: What is Better? A: “Mary spilt her Root Beer” B: Mary stood with a can of soda in her left hand. She leaned over to take a cupcake out of the fridge but tripped over that crack in the tile floor. The soda spilled down her new white dress.
Show and NOT Tell Activities Part A: You are to change the following sentence to make it a show paragraph instead of a tell paragraph. Sally was very sick.
Show Not Tell Good writers. . . let us see people and ideas in action rather than depend on qualifiers. They give us specifics: strong nouns, precise verbs, actions we can see and hear, reactions we can feel. An apple is big, red, round, crisp, shiny, and juicy. “Detail includes facts, observations, reasons, examples, and incidents that a writer uses to develop a subject. Specific details create a clear mental picture for the reader by focusing on particulars rather than abstractions”
Show and Not Tell Activity • You are each going to given two emotion, and you have to write a short show and not tell paragraph. • Once you are done this, you are to finish your English questions for submission on Monday.