This is my weakness number 1: How do I take a story where I know the long term unraveling of the plot, like events taking place over the course of several years and even decades? I can't write what happened at every moment in between the pivotal ones, but I can't seem to write anything but filler when it isn't a pivotal moment I am writing. Should I just skip all the in-between and write only the important scenes? IF so, my story goes from like 1974 to 1976 and so on. The nature of the plot involves alot of long term unraveling of events or spiralling downwards. HELP PLEASE! Also, I have really been hard up for ideas anymore. I can see the scenes in my head like a movie but I can't seem to describe them in words in a way that isn't dry and pure description and no action. Every where I go the absolute commandments of writing urge writers NOT to tell but to show. How much showing are we talking about? Any book I've picked up and flipped through in the last year or so was nothing but telling in between showing. How many ways are there to describe a character getting up to walk to the door and turning back to look with a smug grin without it being just telling? < Thus the problem is that the advice should more often be accompanied by examples.