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how do you know if your using too many/ not enough descriptive words in a novel? isn't it boring to say: alice went to the store. on the way to the store, alice...
couldn't you describe alice, and then contuine to use desciptive words to break the monotany of the senetce.
alice was tall and thin. sometimes she felt as if people saw right through her. Alice leaned her lanky head on her paper thin arms and sighed...

thanks

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Hello Sara,

You are correct in your thought that too many descriptive words are boring. It is the placement that is so important.

Why describe her?  Why not allow the action to give the description?  As:  Alice sometimes felt as if people saw  through her tall, thin body. Wearily,she laid her head her arms and sighed.

No nead to repeat "paper thin arms".  No need to say that she was "tall and thin".

But you have to be careful that she does not lay her head on her arms on the way to the store.  (Just a joke!!)

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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