Another week of blogging accomplished. Yay! I was starting to run out of things to say!
Anyway, writing is a passion that sweeps many people up, but I also love to read. I have a pile of books beside my bed that my Mum and her friend have given me to read, and it is diverse. I have action stories, love stories, chick lit, mystery, suspense, thriller, and everything in between. I love to read. Although I don’t get to read as much as I would like, and funnily enough, I don’t tend to read what I write – Fantasy!
While I enjoy a good fantasy story, I tend to find that sometimes you get lost in the details – I want a story that will grip you and keep you reading, while a lot of fantasy writers tend to spend most of their time and energy describing the world that they have carefully created. While I love a good description, I like my imagination to work as well. I like to create my own pictures and palettes of the world, with a few words.
And this is something that I have to watch in my own writing. I love writing descriptions, but you have to be careful how much you show and how much you tell. Show glimpses of the world and let the reader make their own imagination work (I don’t know about you, but when I read, I have a movie going on in my head of what everything looks like) and see things their own way.
My writing has gone in swings and roundabouts as far as overdescribing is concerned, Medusa’s Garden was focused more on the person than on the location (Greece), while Chrystias was a fantasy story, with lots of description in it.
I think writing is your own preference, and I am slowly finding a happy medium of writing enough to give people the picture and let them populate it themselves. I think this is important in writing stories.