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“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton ChekhovIf you want toengage the reader’s heart, mind, and imagination,showwith vivid details that generatethe emotions you want to express. Rather than classify and list all the emotions thatyoufeel, use specificdetails thatgive thereadera reason to feelthose emotions.(c)TellingShowingI was nervous.My palms were sweaty. I popped my knuckles. Ilooked in my backpack three times for no reason.My leg kept shaking, and I turned my head to lookat the clock every few seconds.She was angry.“She kicked open the screen door, letting it slamagainst the wall as she dashed outside. Down thesteps and into the yard she flew. Grabbing the firstrock in her path, she hurled it back toward thehouse. It crashed through the living room windowwith an explosion of shattered glass.” (MarionDane Bauer,What’s Your Story)My sister is talented.My sister competes in weightliftingchampionships, sings lead vocals in a rock band,and speaks five languages.I like many different sports, but I would have tosay that ping-pong is my favorite sport.He’s drenched in sweat, his knuckles are white,he’s on the other side of the ping-pong table, andI’m about to bring him down.()How to “Show,” not “Tell”1.Use descriptive details. (Think about your five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch.)2.Use action. (Strong verbs!)3.Use dialogue and character thoughts.

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