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Mini-Series Next Week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dropping in quickly to let y’all know that I’m planning a week-long mini-series for the blog next week:

Writing Descriptions

We’ve all been told “don’t overdo the descriptions” when writing. But how do we know how much is enough and how much is too much? We’ll be looking at how genre affects the technique of writing descriptions of settings and characters, along with looking at some classic and some contemporary examples of how published authors handle it.

If this is an area of interest and/or concern for you in your writing, leave a comment with your questions or problems that you’d like to see covered in this topic.

  1. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 12:00 pm

    Would love to hear more about description of setting. Constructive criticism consistently pegs that as my weak spot– which is probably wicked-bad considering I’m writing fantasy


  2. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:02 pm

    I’ve read a lot about descriptions on other sites/books, but most of the examples are geared toward contempory fiction. I write historical fiction. I have a hard time describing dining rooms and ball gowns and carriages, you know? 😉 How do you show an object so that the reader can see it, even though people haven’t used it/worn it/etc. in 100 years, and yet keep the story going?


  3. Thursday, March 12, 2009 2:11 pm

    I LOVE writing description, but I’ve heard a lot of readers (“readers” in general) say they tend to skip descriptive sections. How can you write fresh, creative, intriguing descriptions that will keep readers reading?


  4. Sunday, March 15, 2009 9:40 pm

    Do you know when I first started writing I had NO description 😀 Everything was dialogue. To this day I still have issues with description – it usually doesn’t get added until after the first draft is done.

    I think this is because I tend to skim over description while reading books and do the same in my writing. I’ve gotten to the point where I only give just enough description, but not too much to cause people to skim!


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