In many books, authors tell the readers how the characters feel (bored, scared, worried, etc.) such as, “she heard a sound coming from the shadow and was scared.” While succinct and convenient at conveying the character’s emotions, this technique is also superficial and bland. Showing emotions can add depth to both scenes and characters, making a book much more entertaining and engaging for the reader. “She heard a sound coming from the shadow. Her throat clenched and she held her breath as she slowly tried to hide behind the bush, even though she knew it was not nearly large enough.” The links below can help authors improve their skills at showing, not telling.