QUESTION: Character physical descriptions, do you like a lot or a little? How do you make sure your readers see your character they way you want them to?
What a great question, Amy. I really lose patience with authors who go overboard with descriptions. Depending on whose POV you're in should guide you. Readers like enough information to get a visual image of the character or locale, but if you're in the heroes POV, it's very doubtful he's going to make note of the lace cuffs, pearl buttons, and pattern of a woman's dress. I edited for a time and tried working with a new author who just didn't get "it". He wanted to describe every single tree on the property, tell the reader what was in every drawer in the kitchen, and add needless information that did nothing to move the story forward. I explained the drawers were only important if the heroine moved to one, opened it and withdrew something, or if the tree outside her window cast a shadow that hid the sun, or held a singing bird that woke her. There is a purpose to descriptions and, as I said, if they aren't helping put the reader into the story, they should be propelling the plot to the next scene or bringing things to a satisfying close...as with a final kiss.
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