Description… too much, too little… it’s so hard to find the line. Some writers give you nothing to imagine. They like their action tight and fast and they don’t want it weighed down by extra words. The idea, I guess, is that too much description is insulting to the reader, it’s like saying they don’t have the ability to imagine things for themselves.
I’m a wordy writer. I love to be able to touch, feel and smell everything in a room. I listened to the ‘minimalist’ writers for a while and cut a lot of my description out of my writing. You can imagine my pleasure when my publisher asked me to put it all back in! She even wanted more!
So I let myself loose and worked my manuscript over. All said and done… I probably added about 5000 words. (I added extra scenes and some deeper character development as well). I’m still a young writer… I know I have quite a bit to learn before I find the perfect balance, but my publisher loved it and for now, that’s good enough for me.
On that note, I received some funny feedback today. A reader working through my book has told my publisher in no uncertain terms that my book has waaaay too much description. As a matter of fact, she believes it’s almost as bad as Lord of the Rings.
I’ll have to work on that.