STOP TELLING us your characters are watching what is happening around them. Watching is a spectator sport. Watching, looking, seeing, staring, glaring, in any form, instead of participating in what is happening, is TELLING. TELLING is BORING. Stop sidelining your characters. They aren’t in the stands watching what is happening on the field. They are on the field, playing the game, participating in what is happening. Don’t TELL us they are watching. SHOW them participating. If they are playing the game, they should keep their eye on the ball. That doesn’t mean you need to TELL us they are keeping their eye on the ball. It doesn’t mean you need to TELL us they are watching the ball. Just SHOW what the ball is doing, and what the character does when they see the ball. Instead of TELLING: The batter watched the ball coming straight at his face. SHOW: The batter ducked, avoiding the fastball aimed directly at his face. SHOW the action.