How to Show vs. Tell

How to Show vs. Tell

It can be one of the most intimidating commands for writers, i.e., “Show, don’t tell.” I remember hearing it in grade school, high school, and later, writer’s conferences. But how can you show something through the written word? It’s not like you’re making a video, drawing a picture, or animating cartoons. So where does that leave a writer who wants to capture a reader’s attention through words? It seems like an oxymoron, an impossible, hair-pulling task, right? But there are some strategies and techniques writers can turn to in the face of such madness. Read on to find out more.

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Easy Owl Craft for Fall

Owl trio
Recycled Owls

Make these fun little owls with recycled paper tubes and coffee filters.

Owls are present all year round. But they tend to be louder in the Fall with their hooting noises as they establish their territories before winter. They can be aggressive predators of mice, frogs, and even small rabbits! But it’s undeniable that they are also very cute. Follow the directions below for these adorable, nocturnal birds.

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How to Create a Three Act Structure

How to Create a Three Act StructureWhat is a Three Act Structure? Is it something that only applies to Shakespearean plays? Actually Shakespearean plays are divided into 5 Acts, but who’s counting? It all sounds intimidating and confusing. But in fact most stories can be divided into three distinct sections. You can see it in picture books, novels, and even films.

Once you know what to look for, you will be able to pick out the three acts of everything you read and watch on TV or in the theaters. Even documentaries will follow this simple structure to help guide viewers and help them to stay engaged. 

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Fall is Here

 

Hello Fellow Creators,

Fall is here! At least the feel of Fall is here, even though Autumn doesn’t technically begin until September 22nd. I hope you all enjoyed the summer as much as I did. I think I will miss most the ballgames, the beach, and family game nights. But, I have to admit, I do love the Fall. I look forward to getting back to school routines, outdoor Fall activities, the cooler change in the weather, and setting out Fall decorations. What do you like about the Fall? Let me know in the comments below.

As you all know, if you have been following my blog, I have decided to follow the current trend in publishing by self-publishing my books. I have a picture book planned for the spring and I hope to publish a chapter book by October. It’s a story I wrote back in the ’90s and would love to see it in print. My difficulty though is in the illustrating. I hope to be able to come up with some decent line-art illustrations for the interior and a color illustration for the cover. It sounds easy, but I am new to this, so I’m just taking things slowly, learning as I go.

I also have some new writing tips I plan to post in the coming months, as well as new craft activities. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Here is my latest attempt at illustration. I’m learning as I go, one step at a time. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Ghost Crab

Happy writing,

Elaine


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Summer Fun

Hello Fellow Creators,

I hope you all are doing well after this past year of quarantines and lockdowns. I am happy to say I along with my family have received our vaccines and are hopefully putting this whole crazy experience behind us. We recently visited Disney and Universal in Florida. So much fun, but so very hot! It rained at some point each day, but on the last day we had the benefit of this beautiful rainbow.

Over the past year, I haven’t been able to spend much time writing and crafting, ironically with all this downtime. I don’t know about you, but I find when the whole family is home it’s not easy to get any work done. Especially when work is writing, which can always be put on hold for chores, homework help, making meals, and recently, touring college campuses. On the upside, I’ve spent many pleasant hours with my family that I would not have been able to do otherwise. So there is definitely a silver lining.

So with “normalcy” just around the corner I’ve decided to spruce up my website and plan some new projects. It has been a while since I published a book, so I am itching to see a new one in print. As I get older, the path to traditional publishing and its snail’s pace has become unbearable. So I have decided to self publish for the first time! I’m a little nervous but so excited.

I have been working with a program called Sketchbook Auto Desk in an attempt to illustrate my next book, tentatively titled “A Fine Day on the Bay”. I’m learning as I go, one step at a time. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Sandpiper

Happy writing,

Elaine


Tools I Use

Stop by my Tools I Use page where I share tools and resources I use to help me with my writing projects. I will add to it as I learn more about software and digital tools that make life a little easier for today’s writer.

Check Out My Books

Check out my books on My Books page. I currently have four traditionally published picture books, but I am branching out into self-publishing. Hopefully, this will be a growing list.

Stay Updated

If you want to stay updated about my journey into self-publishing, new writing tips, craft projects, and book releases, sign up in the subscription box in the sidebar on the right hand side of your screen. I look forward to sharing my latest news with you!


 

Happy Maryland Day!

Celebrate Maryland Day with Olly the Oyster and Mallory the Forgetful Duck, children’s books about sea life along the Chesapeake Bay.

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Nautical Festival

Happy National Bird Day!

Celebrate National Bird Day with Mallory the Forgetful Duck, an educational story about five mama birds and their nests, including a Great Blue Heron, an Osprey, an Oystercatcher, a Canada Goose and a very forgetful Mallard Duck.

 

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