We hear all the time, show don’t tell, but in reality, sometimes we need to tell.  IF we’re being all poetic, artistic, and vibrant about everything, I think we wear-out the reader.

So, when do we show, and when do we tell?

Show: Emotional moments, plot turning moments, climaxes, moments of intense discovery.

Tell: Trivial details, transitional moments, stuff that doesn’t really matter, stuff that does matter (but you don’t want the reader to realize it just yet).