Monday, April 09, 2007

The Devil's In The Details. Or Is It?

While reading today, and rolling my eyes for the fiftieth time after yet another paragraph re-describing the minute details of scenery, I began to wonder something. When does a novel cross the line from being informative into eye-roll territory?

My own writing style is minimal on the details. I tend to lean toward short and tight descriptions instead of long, flowery diatribes about what things look like. At least, when it comes to the descriptions I do. When I'm describing characters, I want things to be a bit more juicy. ;)

Now I know this is different for everyone, but I think, give me the basics of the every day stuff, a little more detail on anything weird that a normal person wouldn't be able to clearly visualize, and then move on. Absolutely no repeats of the same thing, ever. What do you all think?

4 comments:

  1. I can get behind a more descriptive style if it is consistent and well-phrased. These days I use far less description than I used to and wonder if I have gone too far.

    The only thing that really bothers me is great lumps of description in the middle of an action scene so that I can barely keep track of what is going on.

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  2. I'm probably guilty of that one, Em. I always want to stop and describe the scenery mid-scene. lol

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  3. I prefer "economical" writers. A good example is, Lee Child. His books convey a lot about the scene and the characters without describing every leaf on the tree or every building.

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  4. as a reader, i don't like long descriptions. i like tight writing with an emphasis on dialogue.

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