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Monday, March 16, 2009

great writers CREATE

...and not just describe. Massive difference there. I've heard this before from a friend. Because I truly want to become a better writer, I will be trying to take this advice. Perhaps it will serve as a great help to you too.

from wilmore, with Love.

5 comments:

Kelly Lawson said...

yep. that's great.

thanks for passing it along.

kl

Krissi said...

Common advice I hear from writers is this, "Show it. Don't say it."

Erin Crisp said...

I've taught this concept to my high school writing students a hundred times and still forget it myself. Mark Twain says (or at least it attributed to him), "Don't say, 'The old lady screamed.' Bring her on and let her scream." Another technique for showing instead of telling is capturing the dialogue- powerful when done well and something McCourt's writing is chalk full of. Great reminders.

jeremiah said...

great words ladies. good stuff there too. thanks for adding your thoughts.

Sean Gafner said...

Dude, been gone a long time,GOOD to be back, not enough words to yada yada yada love your blog...