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A discussion to stoke your writing fire.
Posted: 6/11/2014 6:10 AM PDT
Personally I love fantasy because authors in the genre tend to describe things as accurately as possible, I don't mind reading page after page of descriptions and developments as long as they don't re-tread the same things in different ways because then it will get boring. However, I recently started reading some of my favorite fantasy novels with my husband who hadn't read them before and I noticed he seems to faze out if the descriptions get too long between action sequences or conversation parts and then he misses things. So I guess my advice would be to strike a balance and don't let your descriptions and developments get longer than a page or two before you at least insert a little conversation or at least a thought monologue of the character for those readers who tend to have short attention spans. I hope that helps. 
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Posted: 5/26/2014 12:34 PM PDT

What ratio of developmental scenes to fast-paced action scenes do you (the reader) prefer in a fantasy novel?


--T. K. O'Malley

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