We all hear this on every corner, "Be specific in your writing. Describe every detail." And at the same time we also hear this, "Don't over-describe. Give the reader room to breathe, to imagine." When you're just starting out as a writer, when you begin working on your first short story or novella or novel, this can be confusing. What does it mean, to describe every detail and yet not to over-describe? How exactly is this possible?
Describe selected details, only those details that are absolutely necessary to move the story forward. Cut out everything else.
Every time I read work sent to me by beginning writers, I see the same mistake repeated over and over again. I used to do this too.
EVERY LITTLE THING IS DESCRIBED. EVERY BLOODY THING.Read More