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Description Overkill






Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. Today, we’re going to discuss how some authors use a lot of overkill in their descriptions.

What is description overkill? It’s when the author takes a simple chapter and instead of moving the story along, they focus entirely on describing every little thing, whether it be the location or the emotions of the people involved. By the time the reader finishes the chapter, their head is so full of this overkill, they are ready to stop reading.

This is another instance of telling rather than showing. The author may have shown the events as they were happening. They didn’t analyze the purpose of anything at all. In fact, according to all rules of writing, they have crafted the perfect chapter.

Except for one thing…

Their descriptions have taken away from the story. All the reader can see is what they so graphically presented. Even the horror of the situation, or the happiness, or whatever emotion you were supposed to feel, is shadowed by the level of description.

One important thing we must learn as authors is to know when to stop describing. We need to know when it’s time to return to the plot and allow the reader to put together in their head what’s going on with the scene. Otherwise, you won’t find your fans enjoying your work.




About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. game when plotting a new story.


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