Seeing is believing. It’s true in life and it’s true in flash fiction. The writer who can use words in such a way that his or her readers can vividly see what is going on in the story has an enviable talent for a special kind of writing. That writing is known as “show don’t tell” writing.
How does “show don’t tell” writing work?
The writer uses a steady stream of specific, concrete visual details. These can be actions or things that we can detect with our sense of sight.
In this way the reader actually “sees” the story on the little movie screen of his or her imagination.
You can’t beat that with a stick!
I never did make it to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh yesterday; but I have to go today to return a book that is due. I don’t want to pay a penny for an over due book. That money is better in my pocket than it is in the pocket of the public library.
Speaking of money, the Old Soldier watched the financial news yesterday on television. I’ve always been working-class and now that I’m retired I’ve become a financial news junkie. And for good reason.
The Euro zone is going to give the banking system of Spain a bailout; but the unemployment rate there is already around 24%. In my humble opinion, no austerity program will work without some economic growth. The United States faces the same challenge.
I recently got a letter from the Social Security Administration saying that the State of Pennsylvania was no longer going to help to pay my Medicare medical insurance. The money will now come out of my Social Security.
No doubt a lot of other retirees in Pennsylvania got the same letter. Now do you see why we all have to pay more attention to the news that affects our money?
International Banks Caught Manipulating Interest Rates
And now several major international banks are being investigated for illegally setting interest rates, making billions of dollars in profits for themselves while costing their customers billions of dollars in loses.
There are still plenty of reasons why middle-class and working-class people all over the world need the Occupy Movement.
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