I know examples help. The examples below contain the SAME story, but the first version primarily “tells” whereas the second version primarily “shows” (you can click to enlarge/see them if you like).
Just like always, you’ll notice that “showing” involves
- direct dialogue (and/or thoughts) — like “Rachel, I’m going to go over and sit with the popular girls today.”
- sensory details — like “curls poking out everywhere”
- direct action — like “I nodded.”
- free indirect style (where the narrator speaks with the “voice” of the point of view character)– like “sitting there in her hopelessly dorky outfit”