January 6, 2021 – first question of the new year: Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?

This is easy – too much description, disallowing me to see the characters and settings with my insights and discriminate eyes. A tweak of a shoulder, a facial tic, and out-of-synch action says more than endless, deathless floral descriptions that overwhelm, clutter, and obviate action.

Actions speak louder than words.

Dialogue, and its tags, allow me to hear the characters. I see characters through other character’s eyes and that is satisfying to me. It allows me to be a detective as I weave my way through a read.

Skip the endless description for the love of writing and this reader. Just say no – stop!