Wacky Wednesday

July 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Since we’re discussing characters this week, let’s write wacky characteristics and discuss how you can “show” not “tell” through writing.

Example #1:  Minor Character has a nervous twitch when he walks.

Don’t say:

Billy has this weird twitch when he walks. 

Instead, say:

Billy lagged behind the others. He was careful to pretend he had stumbled if anyone noticed that his left leg swung out at an awkward angle when he walked.

Example #2:  Main character has a unique fashion sense.

Don’t say:

Melody liked to dress in mismatching clothes to get attention.

Instead, try:

All eyes turned when Melody entered the cafeteria in her purple leopard printed leggings, orange turtleneck and red gingham jacket.

Your turn! Write a before and after of a character describing a wacky characteristic or trait.  And don’t be selfish with your creations – share them here!

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