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There is a time to show and there is a time to tell. Much ink has been spilled on the subject of show don't tell, but not on when telling is better. Some of the situations when tell is better are:
  • Remind readers of something without reiterating in depth (that is, "showing" all over again)
  • Telling, from a characters perspective, explicitly summarizes and encapsulates the events from that characters viewpoint. This can be important and useful when the character doing the telling is distorting (deliberately or not) the events, or explicitly leaving aspects out.
Charlie Jane Anders has identified these 5 situations where it's better to tell than show:
  1. Your characters all know something your reader doesn't.
  2. There are too many mysteries.
  3. You have too much insane backstory.
  4. You can think of a more entertaining way to tell than to show.
  5. It gets in the way of the emotional potency of your story.


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