Tool 27 ~ Reveal traits of character

This may be point-blank obvious to writers . . . or even most writers.

“Show character-istics through scenes, details, and dialogue.”

Do you know how many descriptors are abstract phloof? For instance, here is a sentence: she was compassionate.

Hmmm . . . that’s great. I am glad she was compassionate. What does that mean? What does it look like? Clark uses this example about a compassionate girl who gave her coat to a homeless girl and pleaded for the life of the tiger who gnawed her arm off. Now that’s compassion, and not just in black and white letters.

Show the abstractions.


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