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Brett Matthew West

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Would you agree the amount of description a story requires depends mainly on its context and the approach the writer takes?


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RE: Story Descriptions

No. A story often requires more or less description than the writer uses, especially when the writer is talking about the character and tells us on meeting him that's he's 6ft two, blue-eyed, etc., etc. When we meet someone in the real world, we see or learn most things gradually. We might notice he's tall and well-dressed, but being told everything there is about him right in the first paragraph is too much description.

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RE: Story Descriptions
I think it's a matter of the writer's style, the length of the work and what the objective is. I've written flash fiction that consisted of only dialogue. R.R. Martin will write half a page describing a character's armour, only to have him leave after two paragraphs.
As a general rule I would limit description to what is necessary, relevent and that which moves the story on. In this way readers can identify with characters much more easily, though they may hate the film adaptation more.


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RE: Story Descriptions
Yes, I agree. Sometimes character descriptions are important parts of the story or world building. Especially if they matter. Blue eyes, long shapely legs, large lips and so on can be just as important as, the house was gray, humid and dust hung in the air like LA smog.

Yes, it depends on the context of the story, the feelings you are trying to impart, and your target audience. If the audience is young and male vs. senior and female. The different groups want and will respond to different things.

   




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