Saturday, April 20, 2024

Art of Writing" To Show or Tell, What is Best?


Showing in writing is a technique that writers use to elaborate and express to the reader in a way that hooks them into the manuscript.  

A first rough draft maybe telling before the second draft is more specific and detailed to make the
story more effective. 

Examples of telling.

He picked up the sword.

The town held a festival. 

Examples of showing:

With a grin, the warrior in silver picked up the sword as he gazed over the gathered host. 

Green and gold tents nestled in the valley below lofty mountains as the annual Renaissance festival opened people in costumes. Merchants lined the paths for eager spending customers to explore hand crafted trinkets to fine woven clothes to fit the special occasion.  Blue skies with a warm sun added the beginning to a perfect day.

Showing is reeling the reader into the writer's world, closing out the outside world just for awhile
and if successful the reader has that connection to the writer with their world in words of description
and paragraphs with unforgettable characters to make the story work.

Writers create a picture in our minds
by the beauty of expression of the written word.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 19th April 2024, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

 Easy listening music and chat, Friday 19th April 2024, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!

The Manhattan Transfer - Chanson D'Amour

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Paprika & Caramelized Onion Roast Potatoes

Paprika & Caramelized Onion Roast Potatoes 

By Lisa Starr, 04/15/2024


5 - 6 large white/yellow potatoes
2 large onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 - 2 tablespoons sweet paprika (I'm generous)
2 teaspoons salt (Maldon best)
1 teaspoon coarse pepper
3  - 4 tablespoons oil
* . This quantity makes one, standard tray and probably feeds 5. Use extra trays if making more as you don't want to overcrowd them and don't cut your potatoes too small.

1: Peel potatoes, cut each into 4 or 5 chunks depending on size, and add to a large pot of boiling, well-salted water.
2: Boil for no more than 8 minutes as you want to remove the hard edge but they are not meant to be soft
3: Drain very well, place in a deep, baking tray with sliced onion and garlic, then season very liberally with paprika, salt and pepper.
4: Drizzle over oil and toss together to completely coat the potatoes.
5: Roast open at 200 - 220 C for approximately 40 - 50 minutes till onion is soft and caramelized and potatoes are richly colored then remove from oven.

COOK'S NOTES:  Potatoes can be prepared hours ahead and only roasted at the last minute. Quantities given are a guide only so there's no real need to measure. The secret is in the method and a very generous hand with spicing. Paprika is the secret to the golden bronzing and superb flavor.


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