Description part 1

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.

Book Examples:

  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – Very steep learning curve

Next up: Description part 2