By: Write Divas
It’s tempting to over-describe, isn’t it? It’s a must to give your readers insight into your characters’ pasts and relationships with one another, the setting of your story, and to set up coming events. Isn’t it just easier to do it all in one big chunk? After all, that room your characters are standing in isn’t going to describe
The problem with chunks of over-description is that it makes your story read like a lecture, checklist, or an infomercial. People hate infomercials for a reason, checklists belong
on a chores list and lectures belong in the classroom, not
your book. Remember that teacher in the Peanut’s cartoons? She would stand
before the class and lecture and all of her words turned into “ waahnt- wa- wah,
wa- waaa…” Yes, this is what your lovingly crafted words become when you litter
your manuscript with filler.
But before you spend paragraph after paragraph describing that room, you need to ask yourself three questions.
Is the description necessary/important to the scene or merely distracting filler?
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