Friday, September 28, 2012

A Story in the Details

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov

Writers hear it again and again, "Show, don't tell."  The above example provides the first visual. 

Now imagine a scene. Where is the glass?  What or who breaks it? Catch the sound of broken glass when it cascades to the floor.  Who resides in the room or place where the glass shatters? Which aromas enter through the break?  What symbol could the glass represent to one person? Add another individual to the scene. Develop dialogue.  Examine the edges.

Tomorrow night, September 29, the full moon rises as a "Harvest Moon" for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. It gains light exactly opposite the sun by 11:19 pm EDT.  Farmers work late into the evening with this moonlight to gather their crop. Research this fact to add.

Creative Write: Use sensory detail and imagery to write a story or poem with Chekhov's sentence in mind.

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