Tonight, under the heading of “You teach best what you most need to learn,” in my writers group, we focused on description.
The “students” lingered over details. They savored taste, scent, sight, and sound. They surprised and delighted all of us.
Meanwhile, I found myself in such a hurry to tell that I had to break my own no-editing rule to add description to scenes just before it was my turn to read aloud.
In The Art of Description: World into Word, Mark Doty quotes Theodore Roethke: “When is description mere? NEVER.”
The camera knows this. It takes its time.