Okay, right now I’m invovled in writing what will probably end up being a Novella(because it’s already too big to be a short story and I’m not even 1/4 of the way finished with it). One of those rules of writing I always hear is “Show, don’t tell”.
The problem is, I’m not really sure what this mean. If I were writing a movie script, I’d know exactly what this meant, because everything in a movie has to be shown.
But in prose, the tools exist to let the reader see inside at least one character’s head as well as what’s happening outside it. At the moment, I’m working on a 3rd person limited perspective, where the thoughts and feeling of a single character(which changes as the story goes along, but not in concurrent characters) are available to the reader. Obviously, the thoughts of the characters around said character are a mystery to that character, which implies a bit of showing, but am I perhaps missing something here?
It is telling too much have a summery of things that happened over a long period of time in only a couple paragraphs, things that are important to the plot, or a flashblack of important events rather then showing them in real time?