How much is too much? In a medium where every word is precious, how can a character, scene, or action be properly described while using as few letters as possible?
There is a difference between good description and too much description. Good description uses brevity to concisely convey the visuals.
Let’s take a look at some examples:
“On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.”
First phrase: “On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes.” Good description. Shows the character’s location in the scene, gives him an action, and describes his wardrobe. What comes after falls short.
Second phrase: “and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.” He stares at the ceiling. How important is this action? Is any of this necessary to the plot or character development? The character…
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