"Show, don't tell," is among the first bits of advice that any writer is going to hear. It's typically treated as an absolute, even though writing "rules" are typically anything but. Do you think that writers tend to emphasize this rule a little too much? Do you think there are exceptions to this rule? This was Chekov's advice about how to show vs. tell. However, would "The moon was shining," be better if the broken glass never came into play? (I have no idea what the context of this advice is. I'm unable to locate it.) Otherwise, it seems like it would be breaking the Checkov's Gun concept: I read a book recently that tried to turn everything into a detailed, sensory experience. While it was nicely done at times, it also made things seem more important than they might be. It just came off as pretty writing whose primary purpose was to be pretty. It also slowed down the pacing pretty significantly. Is show vs tell, like most things, all about finding a balance between the two or is it really advised for us to always choose show over tell?