Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

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Sandro
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Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby Sandro » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:03 pm

xe have any tips/ideas?
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Re: Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby Sandro » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:06 pm

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nateaway
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Re: Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby nateaway » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:07 pm

I don't think "show vs. tell" applies to actual events but rather to feelings, emotions, groth and other intangibles. Showing and telling what literally occurred should be the same thing, however saying "I grew as a person and a lawyer" is a statement that is probably better shown through an anecdote than baldly stated.

JJDancer
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Re: Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby JJDancer » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:25 pm

Usually this is how you show instead of tell: don't "Tell" that you had to pick best available decision but pick one instance and describe what you had to do and how/why you made the decision you made and what the consequence was (success) and how people responded.

sarahlawg
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Re: Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby sarahlawg » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:15 pm

I constantly struggle with this! Especially with how long showing can make a paper.

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Re: Showing vs Telling ideas/experiences in your PS

Postby JJDancer » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:18 pm

sarahlawg wrote:I constantly struggle with this! Especially with how long showing can make a paper.


+1 to the bolded. I just cut down my PS from 1800 words to 1100 and still need to cut 200-300 words.
I think I realized I would only "show" 2-3 of the most important things.




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