"What's the difference between showing and telling a story?"
Just finished "Gulliver's Travels." I know it was written in a different time for different readers, but I had to force myself to read on. In comparison to Patrick O'Brian's "Fortune of War," I couldn't put it down.
Difference? I was told the tale in "Gulliver's Travels," in "Fortune of War," I was invited into the narrative.
How do you do that? The way I've managed it (everyone will have a different method) is to get personally involved with my characters. Tell it as it is happening and use those moments of narrative to introduce or move the plot from one point to another.
The reason I wrote "Colin and The Rise of The House of Horwood," was because I had such a great time with the Harry Potter series I wanted the feeling to continue. At every moment in the story I had to ask myself if I was having fun. There's no sense in writing if you're not enjoying yourself. I suppose there's writing for therapy, but for that I go for a run.