We writers must write in such a way so that the reader “sees” the story. Because seeing is believing. This is why the term “show don’t tell” is at the very heart of our art.
And how do we allow the reader to see our stories? By using concrete sense details. What do I mean by concrete sense details?
Concrete sense details are words that represent things that the reader can hear (the reader hears dialogue), smell, taste, touch and above all can see. Concrete sense details are things detected by the five senses.
But just as in real life, sight is our most important sense.
So, when you use words that represent things that the reader can see, you are allowing the reader to see your story on that movie screen we all have in our mind. You are using words to paint a picture that tells a story.
And this changes the reader from a spectator into a participant. Because, once again, seeing is believing.
Show don’t tell.
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