Writing Forward: How to Write Better Fiction
You are probably one of those writers sitting at their desk with a stack of twelve pages for a single chapter. I say this because like many, you love to write and describe the world that you are building around your beloved characters. When it comes to description, how much is too much? This article by Melissa Donovan has some great tips on how to decrease the amount of detail while making an equally descriptive image. This will keep your readers interested without overwhelming and boring them.
“You know that feeling you get when you read a novel and become completely lost in it? You can’t put it down, so you lose track of time. When you finally finish, you wish it would just keep going. Isn’t that the kind of novel you want to write? Over the past year, I’ve read only a few books that I couldn’t put down. Unfortunately, several of the books I started to read didn’t keep my interest past the first few chapters. There was a time when I forced myself to finish every book I started, no matter how boring it was. But I don’t have time for that anymore. My book pile is big and my reading list is long, so if I’m not compelled by the time the second act gets underway, I move on and find something more intriguing.”