I haven’t posted in a while, but thought I’d pen this.
Ignore maxims, like ‘show don’t tell.’
I read an absurd thing in a book about creative writing. It compared 2 bits of writing, a piece of dialogue describing a man dismissing a woman from her job. The first example used words like ‘sadness in his eyes,’ and ‘she felt angry’. This was supposed to be bad writing. It isn’t bad to ‘tell’ when necessary. The second example involved the woman ‘showing’ her anger by throwing a piece of furniture against the wall.
Well, if she feels angry than she does: it’s the way you express the ‘telling’ if you ‘tell’ with a construct (cliche), like sadness, the writing might feel dead. Using a word like melancholic, or malaise will remove the cliche.
If you want to ‘tell’, then do it. Avoid cliche and you can ‘tell’ to your hearts’ content.
I feel pleased I’ve told you about this, and if I wanted to show you how pleased I was, it would take three more (large) paragraphs.
Telling speeds up writing. Try and ‘ show’ all the time and your work won’t flow.