If old bridges and their names in Italy can’t inspire you to write, then I don’t know what can!

This bridge in the small Italian mountain town is a perfect writing example because its name makes us ask–why? Why was it named that? And there is a story behind it, as with most places. I now live in Asia where everything has a story or history behind the name. It proves that everything around us, even ourselves, are stories and questions and history–so much more than we see on the surface.

It was in Italy (long, long ago) that I first came across the concept of Show Don’t Tell via an Italian friend, now, a writing Professor, to show me what I see, instead of telling me how nice it looked.

Now, after many years, I’ve learned to do something very important for my writing and my characters:

  1. Create questions. All of the W’s: what, when, where, why, and how?

  2. Show others the world from the inside out.

  3. Use my senses and feelings to show the scene.

  4. Drive the scene’s goals home with emotion.

Ultimately, a good character, especially from 1st POV should be able to show what her eyes see, what her ears hear, what her tongue tastes, her nose smells, her hands feel, her heart senses–so that you feel it too. When she breathe, you inhale. When she holds her breath, your face turns red. When she’s sad, you cry with her. When her enemy falls, your right there dancing in victory too.

My challenge to you is this: Use 1st POV and take your character across this bridge.

SHOW me what she experiences through all 6 senses, crafting in a new story behind this bridge and her own story and goals.

Help us feel her anticipation walking across it. Is she afraid? Is she excited? Will she meet someone there? Who is she? What does she feel? Is there wind in her hair? What is the history beneath her feet, the future ahead of her?

When you are done, please post or send it to me, because I would gladly love to see it.





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