Technique Tuesday

A common mistake we authors make in our writing is spending too much time on trivial descriptions. You know what I mean, we wax poetic about the way the clouds drift across the sky, or how the wind blows through the trees.

 

Description is currency and we want to spend it wisely.

 

If your story takes place in the middle of a snowstorm, then yes, spend time on your setting because (I’m guessing) the characters will be struggling with the weather, and thus, nature becomes a character within your story.

 

But if your protagonist is just walking from point A to point B, then give us enough information to know where we are, but don’t take two paragraphs to tell us the sun was shining.

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