Don't describe scenes as though you're taking a photograph.
The best description conveys the right tone, is easy to imagine, and makes the world feel alive.
If you don't describe the right things in right order, it can break immersion and jar readers.
Hot take: words are made up, don't use them.
It can be difficult to integrate self-description without sounding forced.
Boring or inconsistent metaphors can drag your story to a halt.
It takes practice to figure out how to create a strong impression and make every word count.
Keeping misogyny out of our description takes vigilance.
In real life, we have our eyeballs to tell us what something looks like.
Monsters have nothing on the horrors of confusing wordcraft and muddled description.
Be warned; many breasts will be mentioned.
Stories need conflict, and when that conflict comes in the form of physical violence, it’s time for a fight scene.
We see these issues over and over again during editing.
A story’s environment is vitally important, but how do we describe it?
The movies make them look so easy, but that's not the case.
Speculative fiction presents authors with a truly dazzling array of environments for their settings.