“First of all, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I never explain anything.” — Mary Poppins
“Show, don’t tell” is likely the most commonly used writing axiom, but it is not new. In fact, it is old as rhetoric. Bringing people to conclusions via sensual imagery, momentous actions telling dialogue, or irrefutable logic has been advocated for thousands of years.
No one wants to be spoon-fed…but we are hungry. How can you bring us into the scene or make your point in a way that feels inescapable — and so we think it was our idea in the first place?
Ever try to keep a blog up? Maybe you get distracted by other writing projects or mired in the self-esteem swamp about who’s really listening anyway…
We’ve been a lot of places with the BA blog over the past seven years: from an aggressive daily beast of a calendar to finely wrought essays that come out every two, no make it three, or maybe four, weeks.
Our latest turn is toward the weekly mini-blog: 100-150 words (or less) on what we’re thinking that might help you write now. It’s like a blog cocktail party; come stop by — you might not even need dinner afterward.