Mister whines. He bounces up and down on his haunches. He is frustrated and I don’t know what he wants.
“Use your words,” I tell him, knowing full well that his vocabulary might not be big enough to do so.
Instead he grabs my index finger and stands up. He walks until my arm can’t reach any further and I have to stand up. When I’m on my feet, he pulls me to the back door.
“Do you want to go outside?” I ask.
“Yeah,” he says, and bounces again. We put on shoes and we’re out the door. Crisis avoided.
Writing how-to’s ooften advise writers to “show don’t tell.” While it worked for Mister, I wanted to get your take on it. What does “show don’t tell”mean to you?