I've got a secret to share with you. But unlike most secrets, I want you to tell everyone you know. Ready? Here it is: Telling and POV are interlinked. If you're truly in deep POV, you won't tell us your story, you'll be showing it to us through your characters thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Here's some tricks to help you figure it out:
1. The following phrases are often used in "Telling"
He felt ________
He knew ________
He wanted ______
2. Repetitive use of a Subject, verb, Direct Object pattern.
-Tina was skinny.
3. Not using deep POV (duh!)
4. Narrator intrusion (narrator (that's you) interjects statements and/or ideas that would not be the main characters).
5. Information dump-you unload a lot of backstory or irrelevant information.
Writing tip: Writing the character's actions before they speak eliminates the need for a dialogue tag.
Q4U: What other things tip you off to telling or not being deep enough in your POV?