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Show Don’t Tell and Other Bad Hot Takes

The expression “show, don’t tell” refers to a writing technique. The author describes things through a character’s actions, thoughts, and feelings. It’s meant to appeal to the reader’s senses. At the bottom line, it’s a rebuke against too much exposition.

It is not, I repeat, it is not an invocation to add pictures to accompany the text. That’s not what that expression means.

See also: A picture is worth a thousand words. My job as a writer is to give you the proper thousand words, rather than the picture.

I Like Elephants Too. However…

Closing the comments on yesterday’s post had the predictable effect: people just emailed me instead. While I generally relish discussion, not everything is a conversation. Sometimes, people get to make a declaration, drop the mic, and walk away. How I choose to operate my website is one of those things.

Hey, I understand that in modern culture everyone feels entitled to their opinion. It’s hard for some to grasp the concept that they’re not entitled to a platform to express said opinion, nor that others aren’t obliged to listen to their opinion. Closing the comments, to some, feels like I’ve taken something away or denied them some fundamental right. In actuality, I’ve simply chosen to not give them something that I’m not required to provide.

The notion that all opinions carry equal weight is responsible for a lot of *gestures broadly at the bounty of madness that is 2020*.

I do not live in a vacuum. I am aware of “how things are done” in the world beyond my kitchen. Rather than asking total strangers with unknown qualifications for advice, however, I have a select circle of friends with the proper expertise that I bounce ideas off of. It’s the difference between consulting a doctor and letting people on social media diagnose what’s wrong with you.

Again, *gestures broadly at the fountain of cascading excrement that is 2020*.

You can disagree with me all you’d like. Give me some credit, though, for having the free will to make those decisions you disagree with, having a purpose behind what I do, and sticking to my core values and principles.

 

Show Don’t Tell and Other Bad Hot Takes

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.