Thursday, September 23, 2010

Description -- Hilary Mantel

Description must work for its place. It can't be simply ornamental. It usually works best if it has a human element; it is more effective if it comes from an implied viewpoint, rather than from the eye of God. If description is coloured by the viewpoint of the character who is doing the noticing, it becomes, in effect, part of character definition and part of the action.

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  1. Yeah, I find description more compelling when it's in the middle of the action.

  2. Excellent and to the point, as usual. I agree with Kay. Description amidst action makes both of them more powerful in my mind.

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