When you write a story and show the reader the action, they fall into the story. It’s as though a bubble forms around them and they’re standing in the corner of the living room watching the story unfold. They smell the scent of Joan’s father’s cigar and they feel the tension between the two. The reader instinctively looks around the imaginary room and sees the fireplace. They catch a glimpse of the curled edges of the calendar and they get the anger that erupts. The reader is now part of the story…living the action, listening to the argument and almost wanting to interject their two-cents worth into the conversation.
Hereyou’ll find a few simple exercises that will help you learn to show over tell.I learned these years ago through a critique group and they've stayed with me since.
By the time you finish these simple exercises you’ll have a better grasp of SHOW vs TELL. Take your work-in-progress. Read it paragraph by paragraph. Do you show or tell? Now let your imagination go and rewrite.