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:
Sometimes a prompt doesn’t come to me until the morning of “Telling Tuesday,” and sometimes it doesn’t even come to me then. This morning, I couldn’t think of anything to use as a prompt (which is why Telling Tuesday is late today) until I smiled at the daily ritual of every one of my mornings.
So, I thought it would be fun for each of us to “show” our mornings. Here’s mine, and it revolves around my two labs, Bear and Jubie.
Bear nudges me with his nose. I ignore him the first time, lie perfectly still. Maybe he’ll think I’m still asleep. Then, he pokes me again and whines.
I open one eye, focus on the clock. 5:47.
No, Bear, not yet.
I sniff. The coffee isn’t even ready. Flipping over, I turn away from him. He rests his head on my leg and takes a deep breath–a dog’s pout. At least I have a few more minutes.
Another nudge from Bear, another sniff from me. The coffee’s aroma has wafted upstairs.
I push away the covers, pat Bear on the head, then feel around for my slippers. “Okay, okay. I’ll get up now.”
I smile at the swish-swash, swish-swash of my slippers on the floor. It is a sound that always echoes in my mind, memories of my grandmother walking around in her kitchen, early in the morning before anyone else was up. The stairs creak as I follow my nose to the coffee, though, not wanting to wake either Stephen or Jubie, I do my best to be quiet.
I beeline for the coffee.
Bear beelines for the closed door to Jubie’s “bedroom.”
When he scratches at her door, I realize I’ve lost the battle. Until I free Jubie, take her outside, then feed them both, there will be no coffee.
TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK!