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Sanderson CW Course: Lecture 3 (4/5) Description Part I


Main Points (courtesy Tanya B)

Description is easy to overdo – avoid it, especially adjectives
Make the descriptions shorter, more concrete and focused to do more than one thing.
Remember: we have five senses. Use more than just sight.
Shorter descriptions have more impact and more impact holds the reader to the story.
Every book has a learning curve. Short, concrete descriptions and shifting the world-building later can lower the learning curve.
Dole out information only as it becomes necessary. Shorten and chop up large descriptions, and distribute it throughout as a couple of lines here and there instead of one big block of text.\

Book Examples:

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – Very steep learning curve

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