Show don’t tell is something you hear all of the time, in terms of a writing tip, but what does it really even mean?

Well it has everything to do with emotions. Whenever you are writing you shouldn’t be telling us how you character feels, we need to experience it for ourselves.

Imagine your book was a movie. There is no narrator in a movie. You can’t say my character is sad. You have to show us that the character is sad.

It’s easy to say hey my character is excited in a book, but what you should be doing is showing us that the character is excited. What are they doing exactly what would make me the reader realize the character is excited? Are they jumping up and down? Talking way to fast?

Don’t tell me that your character is scared, show me their fear through shallow breaths and tense shoulders.