Unconventionally used #atozchallenge

All my initial U’s began with un. I didn’t want to use any of those and settled on Used. I’ve used all my energy to get this far.. I feel used up having used all my creative strength to keep sketching. Actually, I gain tons of energy while blogging and sketching give me more than takes away from my soul.

There are many writers but the world has grown. There are a lot of people.. and a fraction of them write. It’s much easier with computers and word processing packages. Mind you I seem to still prefer to print out a hard copy – similar to typing it and editing them making the changes. At least I don’t have to retype it all out each time. If I did I think I’d be better planned and prepared before I did the first draft.

I think all writers are unconventional.. there’s whole worlds and lives living in our heads. If we’re all unconventional does that make us all conventional?

Unconventionally used

Show don’t tell.

They unconventionally used her.


The police didn’t know what to do. She had offered to help before but it wasn’t their normal practice. This time they decided to let her plant out the bedding in front of the station so those they interviewed had a more pleasant view as they entered and they were shocked with the results.

I’ve drafted a novel with a character who loves to garden, she has a friend who’s a policeman. It popped into my mind when I was trying to work out what the show don’t tell and sketch would be for this and any excuse to draw plants! I’ve no idea if surroundings effect interviews under caution or not but most of us are affected by the colours we can see and nature.

Lynne’s AtoZ blogging challenge theme in case you couldn’t tell:

Linked to thoughts of emotions and behaviours, my theme is ‘I feel….’. Writers among you will be familiar with the phrase show don’t tell, for others it’s what every novelist tries to do. Authors want to show you the emotion and behaviour without telling you it. Trying to practice showing not telling, I have included an example in each post. I may have got it right, I may not have. Please let me know.

Here’s who else is doing the AtoZblogging challenge.


13 thoughts on “Unconventionally used #atozchallenge

  1. I love love love your flower illustrations. They are so delicate just like the stage of spring we’re in here in Colorado! We don’t often get spring so I’m enjoying the minute changes each day.

    Cannot believe we’re on U already! I don’t want the party to end 🙂

      • That’s nice of you to say, Lynne, but I’m gaining far more than I’m giving!

        I’m like a kid in a candy store with all these new treats! I’m sure some of the newness will wear off when I’ve been blogging awhile, but right now it is fascinating to see what people choose to post. Such variety in “the human condition”!

  2. First of all, another good sketch, and am I seeing a penchant for drawing flowers?
    I like the way you twisted the unconventional into conventional, with regard to writers – a clever bit of insight and wordplay. Stop showing off … lol.
    On the interview idea, be wary of using any sort of view in your story. Official / formal interviews are normally conducted where there is little, or no view, for the very reason that the interviewee has nothing to let their thoughts cling to. Any distraction allows the interviewee to cling to an image more easily. Just something you might pick up when you dig a little further.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks. I just wanted to draw flowers in an unconventional place.. Didn’t think enough about the topic.. Probably why my novels are taking so long to edit.. Too much research needed..
      The good work’s finished and pre-scheduled finally. Pootling around reading and commenting now!
      ps.. that’s why the flowers were outside the building and who’s to say flowers outside a police station won’t catch people off guard.

  3. This is my second attempt to comment as my stupid internet went down so I hope it doesn’t appear twice! I’m not a writer of novels… just a silly blog. However, I do try to ‘show’ not ‘tell’ and use direct speech. Because i have directed plays for the last thirty years I try to introduce a script type element into my ‘writing’ accessorised with an overabundance of adverbs. Are they strategies for showing and not telling? Nice drawing btw 🙂

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