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Flowery descriptions: Are you a fan?

Do you love using flowery descriptions? Hmm, let me rephrase. Do you like flowery descriptions that go on page after page?

Count me as a resounding no. I know a few authors who love reading and writing in this format when it comes to descriptions. That is not me. I understand giving backstory, descriptive scenes, and the likes.

But what is the reason to give me over four to five pages of it? What happens is I will skim over it to make sure there is nothing that I need to know about the story. There are occasions I skip altogether.

I want the action, some action, heck, any action after reading about every aspect of a character’s clothing or household.

Maybe in some genres, this is how it works, but I don’t write in them.

Giving constructive criticism in a group setting, one has to balance telling the writer what works, does not work and make sure you don’t ruin what they feel is essential to their storyline.

I have heard some arguments why it is necessary. Granted, I have not agreed, but it is their story, and they will write it how they see fit.

But that is something you will never see in one of my books. If anyone happens to see it, please let me know. I must have been on a Pepsi withdrawal moment in my life where I was not thinking straight.