Show ‘n Tell or “Punch ‘n Judy?”

by | Mar 7, 2022

“Show, don’t tell” is a writing technique that allows the reader to experience expository details of the story through actions, sensory details, words, or the expression of characters’ emotions.”

Love of writing

Very early in my career, I was fortunate to have had a boss who’s writing and communications skills were exceptional. Well, mostly at the office, at least.

Even at the office he loved celebrations. He could put his boots and cowboy hat on then. Sometimes, after a shooter ‘n beer, a dance or two, and a little smokin ‘n joking, he’d even hug his “secretary.”

Sorry, I got carried away. I’m a fiction writer. The true events in my life can be found on this blog using the “Search” button. Try “PTSD.”

I believe the value of writing hit me like a buzz saw when it became clear to me that “writing telling” was a way out. It was freedom to learn for me that still gives me the power to grow.

It was my first boss, Dean Woods, Regional Sales Manager, Western Union Telegraph Company, Los Angeles, CA. in 1967, it was Dean who said to me, “Steve, write, speak well, and be tough, but kind.”

Those are the rules I apply each day. I’m not into tough these more kinder and gentler days.

But, mistakes and misteps, Bumbling and fumbling happens. I have to step back when that happens. That’s what Dean Woods told me and showed me in 1967.

I’m forever grateful and inspired by the gift of friendship with Dean. As he said, “Steve, write, speak well, and be tough, but kind.” Dean lived by that too.

Steve Sparks CEO Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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