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How descriptive is descriptive enough? In writing I often find myself rushing through scenes, eager to portray the action or get to some bit of dialogue, never wanting to be mired down in the detail of the location. Is this tent made of canvas? Is it waterproof via some coating? Does the reader care? Most often, my answer would be no, or more accurately I would say that I don’t care. Of course, I have the benefit of the entire scene residing in my head. I can see it all, so can’t imagine why I should waste syllables on the fluff.

I recently read Holly Black’s Tithe and have to say I am reconsidering this stance. The world was lush, from the carpet in the trailer home to the aging paint in the decrepit carousel, I was welcomed in and found it wonderful. I will have to pay more attention to the details, and perhaps even share some of them.

It was a dark and stormy night…

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