Monday, July 24, 2017

Using Descriptive Words

When you're writing a scene, there are two BIG mistakes you can make with describing stuff.

ONE - You don't describe ANYTHING outside of dialogue. If you fail to describe anything from the setting, it will seem to your reader like your characters are acting against a blank wall.

Mistake TWO - You describe WAY TOO MUCH! If you describe the clock ticking on the wall, the breaking china, the screeching cars outside, the phone ringing, the blaring music and the noise from the other customers, your reader will miss the fact that your main character is trying to ask his friends for help in solving a murder mystery.

So balance what you describe in your writing. Take advantage of describing touch, taste, hearing, taste, and smell. Just make sure you don't describe all of them in one scene!

1 comment:

  1. :D Well said! This made me smile. I've been actually working a lot on my descriptions lately, since my stories are often dialogue-heavy. I'm working toward a better balance. One thing also, if you do feel you need a long drawn-out description, have a reason for it. Not just to "set the mood" or give facts, but to add real depth to your story, and show how the setting is affecting your characters physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.


Thank You for your comments!