Hey everyone. A few writers who I do critiques with have warned me against explicitly stating a thought, as it is too "tell-y." Is there a way to show a thought? I've been making use of facial expression, behaviour ticks, etc., to indicate how the character is feeling. Should I use that in conjunction with free indirect discourse to avoid telling thoughts. For example: Riley stood with his back to the wall. What on Earth could have growled behind the door? Riley was panting, and his hand quivered as he brushed the hair back from his eyes. He remembered watching a nature documentary about tigers. The growl on the other side of the door had sounded like that: low, but canting upwards in pitch, . . . How do you guys avoid "telling" when there is a solitary character?