03 Ask Coach: How Much Description is Too Much?

Season #3

Part of the Ask Coach series; this bite-size episode is in response to a listener's question:

"How much importance do you place on imagery in a suspense slash light horror genre? I have read many novels where the writer adds way too much unnecessary description. I know we must ground the reader into the setting and paint word pictures, but sometimes writers stall the pacing of the result. I also like to leave room for the reader's imagination to fill in some of the details on their own. Finding that balance is one of my toughest challenges. So to sum it up, how much importance do you place on imagery in, I'm going to say this was specifically in a suspense or light horror genre, but I'm going to say in any book?"

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