The Dragonfly and Raven

The Dragonfly and Raven

Friday, April 17, 2015

Telling a Story Through Setting OR Showing, Not Telling

Here is an assignment I recently received that focused on telling a story by showing, not telling. The goal was to do it in a paragraph or less. The three stories were as follows.

1. The story of a Civil War soldier.

2. Someone landing on Mars.

3. Someone getting accepted to the school she wanted to go to.

Here is what I wrote. I challenge you to do the same, and if want, to leave them in the comments below.

1. Two large armies meet on the field of battle. An army of blue, and one of gray. Albert crouches behind the makeshift battlement his army had constructed, firing his rifle at the horde of enemy troops.

2. Galileo 5's RCS thrusters gently set it down on the barren, red soil. Its hatch opened, and Jerome stepped out in his skin-tight space suit.

3. She reached into her mailbox, thumbing through assorted bills and advertisements. She threw them down onto her desk, and they scattered themselves out, revealing one with a Harvard letterhead. Slowly, a smile crept across her face. .