2Coats said:For telling:
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The above passage is telling rather showing right?
Sticking with the definitions as we’ve been using them, I would say yes this is telling the reader what is going on instead of showing the reader. There is no dialogue or interaction with any character in the story. You’re just telling the reader what is happening. I want to point out that there are times when the writer ‘wants’ to just tell the reader something. If I have my main character walk into a room and I want the reader to see what is in the room I might just tell him. I don’t want to spend a couple of paragraphs doing it so I would just drop a couple of sentences and describe the room. Your example is a good example of using just three sentences to set the scene on what is happening. Once you’ve done that you can then start ‘showing’ the reader what is happening.