Thinking Thursdays

Thoughtful Thursday (#8): Descriptive Scenes


Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Is Fun Again where I’ll answer whatever bookish question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.


This Week’s Question:

How descriptive action sequences and/or romantic situations are usually depends on the author. Some authors spend several pages describing an action or romantic scene while others describe this situations in a few paragraphs or less. What is your preference?


My Answer:

I think there is such thing as a description/scene being either too short or too long, both occurrences unintentionally wrecking a reader’s experience. I honestly couldn’t say which is more destructive. If they are curt and short, they leave the reader without a sense of completion and fulfillment. If they are overwhelmingly drawn out, the reader will most likely grow bored, skipping over the parts completely or even going as far as to put the book down. As to my preference, I think it depends entirely on the situation, but I would say no less than a few pages or so and no more than a chapter or two.


How about you? What’s your preference? I’d love to read your thoughts. Leave a comment below.
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One thought on “Thoughtful Thursday (#8): Descriptive Scenes

  1. Great answer. It’s definitely a balancing act and some authors seem to really struggle to find the balance. It can’t be too short or it just frustrates the reader and leaves them wanting more. It can’t be too long or it gets boring and makes me want to skip it. Here’s my answer.


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