Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Show Notes for Episode 17: Writing Better Description

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

This week I, (host Rebecca Galardo), discuss the topic of Writing Better Description with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle. We cover the issues many writers face with this topic, such as description that is: boring, too long, too detailed, unnecessary, etc.  We also discuss the most common questions – “What do I need to include?” and “How do I know when I have the right amount of description?”

Holly provides a very clear set of questions for yourself and actions that can help guide you through writing better description by knowing what is integral in each scene.

We take a look at the following:

  • Problems writers face with description
  • What good description is and is not
  • Questions to ask before writing description
  • How the process differs between First Draft and Revision
  • Why revising as you go is detrimental to every single writer – no exceptions.

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Credits: Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann. Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 17: Writing Better Description”

    1. My take on this is simple. If words don’t mean what they mean, they’re useless.

      If literally means that something is real, and also means exactly the same thing as its antonym — figuratively, that something is not intended to be understood as real, then the word means nothing.

      So, no. I disagree with both Oxford Words and Dictionary.com.

      Saying the word is used in that context does not make the usage either correct or useful.

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