On description and setting

These suggestions are from Charlie Jane Anders’s “Description Without Boring the Reader or Yourself” on, I think, I09. (Her book, btw, is very good.)

  1. Commit to never being boring
  2. Engage all five senses: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures; temperature
  3. Try being super terse: Less is more, vivid without length
  4. Dynamic rather than static: how might the description tell a story? Evolution not snapshot
  5. Project feelings onto inanimate objects
  6. Give your character a reaction to what is being described
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