Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Anton Chekhov, a Russian physician, dramatist, and author
Ah, the old “show, don’t tell” advice. Good advice never gets old, however. (Though some continue to rail against it.)
As is often the case, Grammar Girl makes the distinctions clear–including when writers should tell and not show.
What tips do you keep nearby to help you remember to show in your writing?