Thought verbs are the early indicators that your writing may have tipped into a telling tale rather than a showing tale.
You must strive to spot your thought verbs early and re-visit those sections of your creative writing where thought verbs are present.
Here's an example:
1. Simon felt sorry for the attendant and stood quietly with his headphones.
The thought verb 'felt' directs the writer into a telling mode. The reader would be more engaged if we were shown how the attendant was behaving.
2. A female attendant was trying to arrange alternative transport. Skirt just above the knee, flat shoes, and shapely ankles, she'd managed to wave down a couple of taxis.
In the second example the reader is brought into the world of Simon. You see what he decides to observe and you get a closer truth as to how his was feeling about the attendant. The second example just shows you what he was observing and you decide to translate that into his emotional reaction to the attendant.
Writer and creative writing course teacher, Benedict Brooks invites you to share in his story and progress to becoming a successful author.