I know about the art of showing without telling, and I try to use it as much as I can. But sometimes I have no idea how to describe something when people are being silent, stoic, keeping to themselves, or just pointing something out. Like the line ``Richard could tell he had a lot to say, but not the courage to say it.'' when reflecting on a silent character who's just looking down into a shot glass. Or ``The fir trees around him were swaying and brushing with the wind, but he paid no mind to it.'' Sometimes, I just can't figure out how to make it clear what a character is thinking when they aren't doing anything, and they're not supposed to be. Some of my characters aren't emotional, they've been through a lot and appear very cold. Even then, I try squinting, wincing, grasping, but I don't feel that's enough for me to show much without at least telling a little. I still try to show without telling as much as I can during other scenes, but these scenes make me a little uncomfortable, and I really have no idea how to write them. Is it just fine to tell a little sometimes? It feels cheap.