From Writers Write
What can you do to make sure you Show and not Tell?
- Choose a viewpoint character: It is easier if you are experiencing the scene as one character. You can even try writing a scene in first person if this is hard for you. Use it as practice. You can change the viewpoint later if needed.
- Use the senses: Write a list of what your character sees, hears, feels, touches and tastes. Then write about it without using the words see, hear, feel, touch and taste.
- Be specific: The more specific you are with your descriptions and actions the easier it will become to show.
- Avoid these ‘telling’words: is, are, was, were, have, had. (more telling words to avoid)
- Dialogue: This is one of the simplest tools to use. The moment your characters start talking, showing becomes easier.