Main Points (courtesy Tanya B)
- Description is easy to overdo – avoid it, especially adjectives
- Make the descriptions shorter, more concrete and focused to do more than one thing.
- Remember: we have five senses. Use more than just sight.
- Shorter descriptions have more impact and more impact holds the reader to the story.
- Every book has a learning curve. Short, concrete descriptions and shifting the world-building later can lower the learning curve.
- Dole out information only as it becomes necessary. Shorten and chop up large descriptions, and distribute it throughout as a couple of lines here and there instead of one big block of text.
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – Very steep learning curve
Next up: Description part 2