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Is "Show don't Tell" really good advice?
I’ve always been really conflicted with this idea of "showing" more than "telling" in story writing, and I recall that for my creative writing classes I was often criticized for telling more than I showed in a story. In the end, I would use "show" more often and it stretched my writing and caused me to have a lot of run-on sentences and elaborate details where details were sometimes not required. How would one go about perhaps breaking down where to "show" and where to "tell" so that writing stories seems more balanced and not too "to the point" or even "flowery and over-written"?