I thought for one of my posts, since I want to have a nice mix of writing and fantasy here, I would just begin to hint around the edges of what is means to “show a story” instead of “tell a story”.
Compare these two phrases.
He gathered his men around him.
The king lifted his sword on high. “Men! Gather around me!”
One tells you what happens, the other makes it something you can clearly see. Think of it this way: only write what you could see in a movie. Think — how does an actor show his emotions in a movie?
Try this example.
He was mad.
A shade of crimson grew on his cheeks, as his jaw worked in silence. John’s brows drew down in a furious scowl.
See. Obviously he is mad in the second one, but you see it, rather than the author just telling you so. Using the word “furious” at the end to describe the scowl may be a little cheating — but this is writing — no rule is unbendable. (See, unbendable is not a word!)
So this is just a basic primer. I love examples; I hope you find mine helpful.