Ever catch yourself telling something in your writing when you should be showing it?
Or doing too much showing when really it would be suitable to tell something?
Show don’t tell.
We hear it a lot.
It can be a balancing act. If we don’t show things then it can take the reader out of the story and make it harder for them to become a part of the world we are creating. On the other hand if we show everything our story can be so padded and bogged down in detail that it can also take the reader out of the story.
Here are some tips on the difference between showing and telling, and some thoughts on when its appropriate to use each.