Sunday, 30 October 2011

How much description?

Good morning all.
The clocks have been put an hour in the UK that gives us an extra hour in bed.
OR - The vibrating, rhythmically pulsing time pieces, in the grateful United Kingdom, have been re-calibrated by one hour in reverse, to reward the populace with and extra sixty minutes in luxurious horizontal torpidity.
It is undeniably obvious that description is an essential part of a right good read.

Is there a point where you can have too much description?

I used to read Alistair Maclean in my younger days and the attraction for me was the descriptions that he used, but looking back he also maintained good pace with his stories. If you have never read MacLean try HMS Ulysees, particularly the early descriptions of the stormy sea is picturesque. On the other hand I have also read many of Dickens novels and as great as most of them are in some of his books the sheer volume of description produces a turgidity that make reading very difficult, for example, Barnaby Rudge. However, the description at the beginning of Great Expectations and also in A Christmas Carol is truly wonderful.
On a personal note, being relatively inexperienced, I try and strike a balance but tend towards maintaining pace and while editing try and embellish my stories with decription.

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