We think in pictures. A book with just the right words can conjure up the perfect image in our minds. But too much "color" and too much setting can leave the reader...
Well, let Norm Cowie, author of THE NEXT ADVENTURES OF GUY (Draumr Publishing 2007) and the upcoming funny (yes, funny) Young Adult vampire book, FANG FACE (Echelon Press, Aug.'09) tell it his way:
Tip 4: Cut the Description
"Too many people put way too much description in their stories, and run the risk of boring their reader," says Cowie.
Cowie points to author Elmore Leonard who once said the following about writing: "I try to leave out the parts that people skip."
"So, don't describe it unless it needs to be described! It sounds easy, but..."
We know, try it, right?
** What's your take on it?
-- Norm Cowie, THE NEXT ADVENTURES OF GUY, a zany adventure/fantasy continuing the quest of Guy and his college buddies taking on sinister forces and working to save Earth from aliens.