on Writers Helping Writers:
Most of us are familiar with the “Show, don’t Tell” rule.
In short, it’s more effective to dramatize the story than to simply tell what happened. Nonetheless, almost every story needs at least some telling.
It can help keep the pacing tight, relay background information, and enhance tone, among other things. Here’s more on when breaking the rule can work.
So how do we tell well? Here are six cheats to help you.