Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Showing not telling, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- You've probably heard the cliche:…"a picture's worth a thousand words".…This usually means that photographs or paintings…can do a better job of describing something…than a paragraph can.…But actually, effective writers can use words…to paint masterpieces.…Authors use this technique,…referred to as showing, not telling, all the time.…In fiction, we see it most often…when writers use indirect characterization.…One of my favorite examples of this…comes from chapter one…of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.…
This short sentence portrays one of the many good wives…surrounding the scaffold,…starting at poor Hester and her baby,…as she stands in the stocks for her punishment.…Hawthorne could have just told us…the young wife was kind,…but instead, he shows us this…through her sympathetic words and her soft voice.…Obviously, your purpose is not…to write the next great American classic.…So, how do you make use of this concept…in a college application essay?…Let's go back and look at the sample essay we started…in our last movie.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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