You’ve probably heard the phrase “show don’t tell” before.
It’s easy to say, but what does it really mean?
I’ve worked with many writers, and I’m convinced that there are those who think visually—or to be more accurate, sensually, and those who think more in terms of telling facts—and linking them one-by-one. I think it’s the way we’re built, at least the way we’re naturally inclined, and it comes out on the page. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn the skill of writing using the character’s senses.
But, why should you? Why should we care about the difference?