Show, don’t tell. So sayeth the rules.
I keep running into situations where Tell is much, much more brief than Show, and since most of the writing is aimed at brevity-conscious execises…
It comes up quite a lot in micro fiction. I can’t imagine telling a story like O’Malleys Exotic Poultry Supply without a) a lot of exposition to bring it in under 500, or b) Tripling the length, let the reader provide the explanations. How would you “show” an empathic projection, anyway? #baffled
Anyway, I sometimes get angry with me for exposition expeditions in my story telling. And then I remember why.