Sorry to start yet another thread about show vs tell, but I have this scene in my novel where one character basically tells how one thing that happened changed one of the other characters (or rather reflecting upon it, since it's in third person) to the worse and how he wished that he could have the person back that he was before. Is this ok for telling? it is 381 words, little over a page, is it too much? I guess what I'm asking Is: when is it ok to tell rather than show? I have tried to avoid is as much as I can but sometimes it just seem ridiculous to show something you feel that you could just summarize with a short telling, instead of like in this case maybe having to write several scenes to include everything you want to show. I've also tried to come up with a way of showing all these details in one scene, but I don't know... do I really "have to"? (= would it automatically be better?) Help, please!