Monday, October 17, 2011
2) Don’t write description for description’s sake. Meaningless description bores readers! This goes back to the “toothbrush description”. Don’t write description just to impress the reader with your flowery language or knowledge of adjectives. Write quick, fast paced description that keeps the reader reading, rather than boring them. I’ve been guilty of writing boring description, and it’s not very interesting to read, and doesn’t add to the depth of your story.
3) Think about how your POV character would perceive things. For example, a socialite would perceive a dining room far differently than the servant who cleans it. The socialite would probably notice the crystal, chandeliers, and elaborate centerpiece. The servant might notice those things also, but with an entirely different mindset. They would probably be thinking, “After dinner I’ve got to clean all this!” or “If only I were the lady of this grand house.” This is why getting into your character’s head is so important. When we write, we become that character and must reflect their thoughts and feelings. These in turn are conveyed to the reader, hopefully with an intensity that transports the reader into that characters inner being.
4) Go beyond cliché. Don’t describe your heroine as having hair “black as midnight” instead think of something creative such as “her hair was the color of the coal her father mined - rich, dark, and luminous.” This isn’t always possible in the first draft, when we are just writing. But in the editing stages look for ways to describe something in a fresh non-clichéd way. Remember today’s readers have heard most everything. They are looking for fresh material. Material that will keep them hooked from the first page to the last.
Description is like icing on a cake. You put on too much and it ruins the cake. You put on too little, and the cake is dry. Putting just enough on, makes for a satisfying delicious experience!
Now I’m off to describe my next scene……….
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