“Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekov
See, hear, taste, touch, feel.
Let your reader experience it with you.
One of the most common mistakes I find with rookie writers is telling instead of showing.
Telling is boring.
“She got excited!”
Showing brings everything to life.
“She jumped up and down squealing with delight!”
Telling is walking through life without interacting.
Showing is skipping through life inhaling the pleasing fragrance of gardenia with sunshine warming your face.
Bring the senses into play.
Let your characters interact with their world using their senses.
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Moonlight image courtesy of Glen Bowman on flickr