Tuesday, May 17, 2011

That's how you know

As I was writing the other day, the song "That's How You Know" from Enchanted came on my iPod. And in that song, I found a vital truth to writing. If you haven't heard it before, ( might I add if you haven't, see the entire movie right now) or you're having trouble remembering it, here you go:

All right, so this isn't new advice. Show don't tell has been around since the beginning of writing and I don't need to go into why it's so important. But when I listened to this song, it highlights how you need to show people in real life your thoughts and feelings. And great writing reflects back to real life, no matter what the genre. So it was just another tie-back into this basic knowledge of writing and reminded me of how important it truly is.

7 comments:

  1. Oh my I'd forgotten about that part of the movie. I'm smiling now at all the times I've hinted (or yelled) to my husband, it's not enough just to say you love me! Show don't tell is true in so many ways.

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  2. Great comparison--and I ADORE that song and movie. now it is all stuck in my head . . . which is not the first time by far that has happened . . . but I'm glad. :-) I may just have to put that movie on tonight!

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  3. Like Rachel said, that was a GREAT comparison! Very fun post, and oh so true! Happy writing! :)BTW, LOVE that movie, too!

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  4. I've watched part of this movie, but never this part! Thanks for the show, don't tell reminder : )

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  5. Oh, I LOVE this movie!! And what a great tie in! Can you believe that my husband even liked this movie? Of course, the cute princess didn't hurt any. Heehee. I loved this post! Thanks for reminding me of that rule, in a really fun way. :)

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  6. So true. I've been taking some time this week, looking over my WIP. I can't believe all the places I've been telling rather than showing. For me, I think its when I'm in a hurry to get a scene out. I'm sure we all do this. Great post and thanks for the follow. I followed you back.

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