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Focus on the viewpoint character's attention and opinions. Agreed. But some stories are told by an omnipotent narrator, so more care must be taken to stop describing things before the reader gets bored and skips ahead. In general, I'd suggest having people read your work and be brutal about critiquing it. I like adding a note where I lose interest in ...


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Dale Hartley Emery answered "Don't describe anything that the viewpoint character pays no attention to" With this principle Zola's books would be short stories and The Lord of The Ring, a novella. A good portion of the world fiction would be reduced to shreds. My answer as to the level of detail would be that it depends on your skills. Some authors ...


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Focus on the viewpoint character's attention and opinions. Describe whatever the viewpoint character pays attention to, especially if the character has an opinion about it. Don't describe anything that the viewpoint character pays no attention to.



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