Character Description: How Much is Too Much?

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

A piece I wrote for the Writer’s Carnival Blog.

WRITER'S CARNIVAL - A Carnival of Knowledge

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Is there such a thing as too much character description? Should you leave some details up to the reader?

Too much detail can be a bad thing. Slamming your reader with a wall of text, describing in minute detail the appearance of the character, what they are wearing, and how they carry themselves can act to derail a narrative. It is as if you can feel the reader’s eyes glassing over, skimming over the text.

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