I’m trying to pinpoint my writing weaknesses and do something about them. Description and Setting need my attention. Honestly, I don’t care what a character looks like and would rather there be no description so I can assign my own mental visual. If you tell me the hero is a blond or has red hair, you’ll set me on a path you don’t want me to travel since I much prefer dark brown or black hair on my heroes. Sorry, I have my preferences. I’m sure you do too. Of course, if it’s Robert Redford reddish blond, by all means, go for it–but be sure to mention he’s got the RR look about him.
Do you know any published authors whose setting and description are so sparse it’s jarring? I’d like to read them just to see what I think.
My mother-in-law left behind her life story–condensed to about twelve single-spaced pages. She jabbed the facts to paper like someone throwing darts at a board.
Funny how reading through my in-laws’ memories have given me a new respect for writers who incorporate (and have mastered) description and setting.
Teach me something about description and setting. I want to be a fan.