Today’s five words are about communicating.
16. Kids – Kids can be great communicators. When Mom visited a couple of schools this month, kids talked to her a lot. Sometimes they asked questions like, “How long does it take to write a story?” and “How many stories have you written?” and “On Sunday, my Uncle Peter’s toilet overflowed!”
2. Kids – Lots of the kids made Mom thank you notes to say “Thank you for coming to our school.” and “We loved your book.”
and “My baby brother has a car seat with bunnies on it.”
73. My Face – Mom says my face communicates NOTHING.
All the time.
She says, “Are you hungry?” and “Do you need to go out?” and “What? What?!! WHAT???”
6. Body Language – I sometimes communicate through body language. When I’m scared, I shiver and tuck my tail between my legs. When Mom tries to put my boots on, I play dead and flop down on my pillow.
Also, my feet turn as mushy as pudding. Mom calls me the name “PuddingPaws.”
5. Show Don’t Tell – Everybody who’s anybody says writers must SHOW what’s happening in a story. Don’t just TELL it. That helps the reader stay engaged and gets them to do a little work while they’re reading. They will also feel closer to the characters in the story and more invested in the plot. Sometimes I need to SHOW Mom that she has put my food bowl too high for me to reach.
Then she TELLS me I have to wait.