The balance of descriptions
I've been thinking a lot about descriptions, more like agonizing over them, and I came to a realization I already knew: they are tricky buggers. So all that for nothing? Well, not really nothing because I decided to write a post about them. TMI descriptions can be a turn off, but so can NMI descriptions. There is a balance to writing the right kind. It's all about finding the balance that works for you.
Here are my 5 questions to ask yourself regarding your description in question:
- does this help move the story forward?
- does this match the style, tempo, and feeling of the story?
- does this match the previous descriptions?
- (if in an action scene) is this slowing the action down?
- do I need chocolate or coffee or comfort food? (this will probably be a yes.)
Those are my top 5 questions I use, repeatedly. Number 5 is probably the most important.
How do you find the balance of your descriptions?
*TMI = too much information *NMI = not much information