Entertaining? #IWSG

By now a few people have heard me being excited over the 3rd book I’m working on. And surprisingly, the title hasn’t changed so it might be the one. But what entertains me doesn’t necessarily entertain the next person.

Of course, the people who have heard me talk about it at all have looked at me funny over some of the ways I’ve described things/people in that completely not serious manner. This one just really fell in place and while there’s still plenty of work left to do, I’m actually quite happy with it.

But then I come off of that excitement and worry about how it’ll be received. And only having my alpha reader to really go off of at the moment (he’s the only one to have read the whole thing), I don’t really have a good gauge. I’m fairly certain I will when I send it out to my beta readers next month.

 IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I guess my biggest one that I’ve been hitting lately is way too much description. The kind where it pulls you out of the story because there’s so much of it. There’s been a few recently that I’m wondering when I’ll get back to the plot.

If it’s something I’m reading for fun, I’ll put it down and walk away if it gets to be too much. Might come back to it later and try again. If it’s something I’m critiquing, I’ll note it and keep trying to plow through. And I’m not immune to writing it myself, though I usually don’t have enough description in early drafts. I can get carried away sometimes and have someone else point out that it’s not necessary.

I think the next one is repetitive words/phrases (though there are occasions that they fit nicely). I am so bad with this on the initial draft and go nuts trying to find them during the editing process.

There are others, but it’s little things that I often pick up on because I have to look for them in my own writing.

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3 responses to “Entertaining? #IWSG

  1. Great topic! I’ve seen a few other people comment on description – some people like lots of it, others prefer things left to their imagination. I’m really going to have to start paying more attention to how much description authors use when I’m reading. I’m not sure which I prefer – not so much or a lot.

  2. Yeah, I think all forms of entertainment is subjective. But it’s your story, right? You’re the one who should be most entertained by it.

    I think I used to go overboard on description. I recall my sister-in-law mentioning something about wanting to tear her eyes out. I’ve scaled it down quite a bit, but now I suffer from people telling me “I can’t visualize where they’re at” or “I can’t visualize what the character looks like.” Sometimes, you just can’t win.

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