Friday, May 31, 2013
When a writer writes her/his story, best advice is show, don't tell.
Think about it.
What drives a mealy-mouthed message home saying go jump in a lake, I don't want to be bothered with you better than saying go jump in a lake, I don't want to be bothered with you?
Here's a few examples of what it is I am trying to say:
"Sorry, I haven't called. I've been busy."
--Though trite, and overused, depending on your storyline and your character's character, or lack thereof, it might work.
"It's me. It's not you."
--Remember Seinfeld episode where lowly George Costanza uses this line to dump a girlfriend?
It was hilarious.
And it got the message across saying George is a louse without saying he was. And, with humor.
Of course, there is the old standby we all know and use:
"I'll Call you."
--Every auditioning actor's worst nightmare; dating fool's, too. But when delivered by your paragon of virtue shapeshifter, your reader gets the he-is-or-he-isn't-so-nice-message loud as a foghorn. And your reader may even begin rooting for Underdog.
Well, there you go. Three separate examples. Can you think of one more?
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
See you in print,
Linda Della Donna
"...Come journal with me; your book is yet to be."