This has been coming up A LOT on the essays we’ve been reading lately so we’ll just post it publicly for all BSers to hear:
You need to be SHOWING the reader how stuff is true. Not TELLING them it is.
Yeah we know. That advice just don’t make no sense.
Until you sit with it, and struggle with it, and work with it long enough, till one day it POPS and you get it.
If you’re not there yet on what “show, don’t tell” means, then we have a whole slew of help for you to advance along your journey of unpacking it!
We’d like to say “Just read this one post and you’ll get it!” but that’s probably not true. But if it were, then maybe this would be that one post we’d send you to.
Or wait no, it would be this one.
Or, shoot, actually it’s this one.
Aw shucks. Just read them all.
And keep writing, and keep re-reading your writing, and analyzing what you’ve written, to double-check your own meaning against what you’ve intended, and then come back for more and maybe it’ll start to click.
We sure hope so, because it is so, so important with this type of writing. That is, with writing strong essays for MBA apps.
Tell us what you think.