I've been reading about show-vs-tell, because this is a thing that still plagues my writing, very much so, along with using the passive voice too much. I can see it in other people's writing, and I can see it in my own, but when I try to rephrase, I get all tied up in knots. I've been reading about it, and I definitely understand the difference, but I think the biggest thing for me is that the 'showing' always seems to take so much LONGER than telling. I can see that it sounds tons better, but sometimes I think to myself - why should the reader CARE about a 3 paragraph digression talking about something that could take just 5 sentences? Case in point: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/advice/showvstell.php The final scene on this page is what I'm talking about. The scene where there are 2 people talking while 2 others are fencing. The telling example is quite flat, I can see that, and honestly, that looks like MY writing. (Uggggh....) The showing example is wonderfully written. Great! But...it's also about a page long. And I lost interest several times while I was reading through it, well written or not, I just couldn't believe how much the paragraph grew. Just for the sake of showing. What is wrong with me? I like flash fiction, and I like short, succinct things. When it's flash, I can edit it down to something that reads very well, and it all seems to gel together quite smoothly. With my longer works, however, I get so paralyzed by show-vs-tell that I end up unable to write. It's awful. Am I just lazy, that I don't want to take the time to 'show'? I'm too impatient? I want to write it all out and be done with it. I think that's my main problem. Sorry for the angst.