by Carly Hill
At thirteen, I started writing my novel. At fifteen, I was the youngest high school student in my Journalism class. I took every Creative Writing class I could get my hands on, in college. And, I read all the books on writing, publishing, and how to get a literary agent.
If I had to sum up all of my literary knowledge into one sentence it would be this: Show, don’t tell.
When you’re writing a story, you don’t say “Susan yelled at them.” You say, “Susan’s face scrunched up and her booming voice shook the room, while her dinner guests cowered in their seats.” When you’re trying to get a literary agent, you don’t say, “I wrote a really good book.” You send them a sample and let them see for themselves. Don’t sell your work – let your work sell itself.
This is what I thought about as I listened to conservative pundit after conservative pundit discussing Obamacare and the President’s new tactics to get young people on board with his law. He’s summoned the coolest celebrities to endorse it. He’s come out with a music video to make it sound cool…but is that really going to do it?
Okay, as a young 20 something, I’ve got to say, that video was fantastically done, but even if I were an ill-informed hip-hop lover, once I got on the site and saw the pricetag, all the presidential “shizzle” in the world wouldn’t make me sign up for it. It’s just not a good deal. And, people my age may be impressed by Adam Levine and a well-done rap spoof, but that’s as far as it goes. Young people who don’t involve themselves in politics are just that – uninvolved. They want what they can get and if they’re not getting a good deal, they’re not going to bite. They’ll laugh at a well-done spoof video and that’s as far as it will go.
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