Tell: Sam was tired.
Show: Sam slowly plodded along the pathway to the cottage, slightly hunched from being bent over all day hoeing his corn field.
Tell: The car was old.
Show: Her vintage was obvious for all to see, with her faded paint; awkward list from worn shock absorbers; and missing chrome.
Tell: Grandma liked to avoid the sun.
Show: Grandma hurried from the harsh glare of the sun, holding her hat brim down and squinting as she made for the covered outdoor bleachers.
Tell: The room was always a mess.
Show: She was always slightly annoyed at how anyone could live in such a cluttered room with its unmade bed and papers strewn about.
Tell: Gary didn't like dogs.
Show: Anxiety welled up inside Gary at the very sight of a dog since he could never understand their behavior.
Tell: The storm was approaching.
Show: Thunder boomed in the distance as the breeze picked up and the air became cold and menacing.
Tell: Tom knew nothing about writing.
Show: I leafed through Tom's manuscript and felt pity, for I too had to begin my long writer's journey from untrained beginnings.
Tell: I'm sure something unusual was happening down the street.
Show: At first I noticed the smell of smoke and then heard the unusual grinding sound from the end of the street.
Tell: The irate customer wanted to see the manager.
Show: "I demand to see the manager," she announced in a stern voice with hands planted on hips