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I have a pile of assignments, but apparently I really don’t want to write today. My mind shies away from the task, alighting upon anything that isn’t writing. If I’m honest, this is pretty much any given day. I have a way to get past this: I write something else. A random scene, some notes, maybe a little journaling. I might write about the fact that I don’t want to write, or, if I’m really desperate, I might even write about writing. Here, let me show you —

There is a dictum in creative writing: ‘Show, don’t tell.’ This is worked into the details of a scene. For example, we don’t want to say ‘he tried to control his anxiousness’ (telling), but rather, we might say something…


Allison Washington

Journalist & essayist. Reporting from Cairo.

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