Check out this great piece by Nate Winchester, readers:
You cannot cheat emotion – go for quantity
Something I realized analyzing a story that didn’t work.
Obviously, when you write stories, you’re going to use little “cheats” here and there to flesh out the world and characters without having to actually dive deep into full histories. Everyone knows the old rule of “show don’t tell” but once in awhile you have to “tell” just to keep the story moving along and get everything done in a reasonable time frame.
Except when it comes to emotion.
Especially if you want the audience to feel it.