When I say don't tell, I don't meant don't tell anything at all. It's good to tell some things, but there should always be a little more showing than telling.
Especially when you're talking about human emotions.
You gotta think of it in a way that the reader barely has any idea of what angriness, sadness, happiness, embarrassment looks like and feels like.
It's okay to use those words, but always add an extra piece of description to it, help the reader imagine it in there head because it might be harder for them.
HERE'S SOME EXAMPLES.
Instead of just saying:
"I felt so embarrassed"
"I felt so embarrassed, I could feel the heat burning inside of my cheeks, and I wish I could place a paper bag over my head to cover myself up from the world."
Do you get the idea? It emphasises the feeling the person is feeling, and hyperbole I think really works well in writing, you want to make it more dramatic. But, not too much. Don't extend over two sentences for a description about only one thing, because that can just be too boring to read. Especially if you are writing about the a sad person who is broken down on the floor or something, don't make it sound like an over dramatic, shitty play because you can always convey the same amount of emotions in less amount of sentences. It's really unnecessary and reads wrong if there's too much information.
I would write this out myself with my own additions, but I found this photo that I think really helps me and y'all can use it for yourselves too!
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