Creative Writing Exercise 2 – The Cat
The term ‘show, don’t tell’ is so heavily used in the teaching of English literature fiction that it feels like I am boring the reader just by mentioning it. However, it really is a vital part of a writers armoury and creates engagement with the reader that otherwise would likely not exist.
When developing a sentence there are also two additional factors that come into play. The first somewhat obviously is that there is more detail and the second is that the sentence or sentences evoke emotion and interest.
Below is another example of a sentence that tells and doesn’t show and then the second sentence that shows and doesn’t tell.
- The cat sat on the wall and looked over the back garden.
- Curiosity is said to have killed the cat, however, this cat had no curiosity even though the wall it sat on was next to a most curious garden.