Cynthia J. Cordell

Cynthia J. Cordell

Friday, July 13, 2012

Show vs. Tell Entry

 July 13, 2012 -Show vs. Tell Entry-

     Beforehand, a loud thud hitting a wall came from a wrecking ball just within earshot of where Clarity was studying at the library….
     To be shocked and jolted out of a depressive stupor from that wrecking ball’s thud felt like my upper chest in the form of a river dam had just been knocked away, resulting in a sea of sloshing rain water, spilling into river water, with a torrent of fresh fallen leaves doing a strange dance as they settled downstream…  After the fact, the librarian put up a sign that there would be nearby construction for the rest of the day. 
     …No more depressive state, no more reverie, that virtual impact at the back of my chest reminded me of just how a sudden noise in a place so silent could make me feel like I’m in the middle of a river unleashed from an impactful, pounding thud!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tips On Show Vs. Tell

Helpful Show vs. Tell Phrases

Beforehand a fire ensued, encompassing 4 stately houses, in the outcome the firefighters were the true lifesavers… The young survivors’ bewilderment was replaced with pink, purple and orange bubbles of joy welling up inside, clusters of them in fact!!... Just waiting to explode into even more super bright colors, and eventually escaping in the form of innocent smiles of gratitude.

Beforehand, Clarity had poured two crystal bowls full with overflowing amounts of m&m’s.  The neatly dressed devil in the fiery red suit sitting on her right shoulder had a scrolling enticing checklist representing every single wonderful benefit of devouring all of that candy.  The arc of his smile was as spanning as half the circumference of the sun, the rays of his gleaming white teeth, second only in brilliance to the effervescent sparkle found in his periodically winking right eye.  Even the heavenly dressed angel sitting on her right shoulder listened intently as the checklist was read in its glowing entirety.