March 3rd, 2017

Descriptions – the Angels are in the Details!

Descriptions are some of my favorite things to do. But they’re not easy to write well.

Descriptions have changed over the years.  Stienbeck’s The Gapes of Wrath was published in 1939. Here’s the beginning: 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Steinbeck fan, but that was before TV, Netflix, apps, and Xbox. Back when readers […]

February 17th, 2012

Place Descriptions: It’s About Atmosphere Not a Travel log

By Sharla Rae

When I first started writing, the one thing my critique partners complained about most was my lack of descriptions. I hated doing them. Only the action and characters interested me. Who cares what color the sky is? Who cares if the river was muddy or sandy? Just tell the reader where the […]