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06.19.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is Timothy Brindle: The Unfolding.

This afternoon, I'm reading the second chapter of Pat Pattison's Writing Better Lyrics, "Rusty's Collar: A Guide to Showing and Telling."

Like in the schoolchild's activity of Show-and-Tell, we cannot talk about what we haven't first shown, because "[s]howing makes the telling more powerful because your senses and your mind are both engaged" (p. 20). So if we precede our sentiments with imagery, the sentiments will become instantly more tangible and relatable. Pattison says that the colours of imagery "only drip downward" (p. 21), so it's no good talking about a feeling and then relating the imagery.

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