Welcome to Telling Tuesday, a day reminiscent of those in school when I looked forward to seeing what everyone brought for show and tell. This weekly feature was inspired by an article on WriteToDone.com, called “How to Show (Not Tell): A Writing Lesson from John LeCarre.”
It is one of the best articles I’ve seen on the rule all writers know–show, don’t tell–because it doesn’t just tell us how not to tell, it shows us some of LeCarre’s very own examples.
As always, I invite you to leave a link to your website or blog with your comments.
THIS WEEK’S PROMPT:
She’d never been so afraid.
She tiptoed, slowly, slowly, hoping he would not hear her. She’d even murmured a prayer, though she wasn’t sure if she’d said it right. And if she said it wrong, would God hear her?
She was afraid of the dark, but grateful for it, too.
A leaf crunched–screamed–below her foot.
He turned toward her.
Did he see her?
She froze. All except her heart. It pounded so hard and loud in ears it might have smothered the sound of his footsteps . . . if he wasn’t getting closer.
Should she scream?
No. He’d hear her. Then find her.
But, it was her only chance. Surely someone would hear, come to help.
She opened her mouth, and prayed she could make a sound escape it.