I had a problem. I needed to wrap up the Novella I was writing this week—and I had only five hundred more words at my disposal.
I knew I couldn’t include much dialog or description. I had to keep to the basics and weave everything into a satisfying ending for my readers.
An hour later, I felt pretty smug at having pulled it off with a four hundred ninety-nine word count.
Until I read it back to myself.
And there it was. I noticed it right away.
The big “T.”
Even though everything I wanted to say was included, it wasn’t nearly as exciting as it could have been. I felt like a newscaster, not an author.
Show—Don’t Tell is a beautiful thing. The reader can see, touch, hear, and see a story.
As good as a movie. Often better.
A rewrite was in order and I found a creative way to use my five hundred words and “show” readers a great ending.
My “almost mistake” taught me a valuable lesson, so I’m simply passing it on to you.