How Much Time Do You Spend Describing the Details of.....

How much time or words do you spend on these details:


Clothing and Accessories (excluding Weapons, Armor, and Ropes)

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Physical Features (Hair, Eyes, Skin, etc)

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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The Surrounding Location

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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The Natural World and Wildlife (excluding the weather)

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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The Unnatural World (The interior and exterior of buildings, furniture, etc)

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Smells (excluding food)

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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The Feel of Textures

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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The Taste, Smell, Sound, etc of Food

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Fight Scenes

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Scenic Weather (excluding sunsets)
By which I mean, weather that is purely spectacle and present no obstacle to your characters. So excluding thunderstorms, blinding fog or snow, etc.

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Sunsets

  • Never.
  • Rarely and briefly.
  • Rarely, but vividly.
  • Often, but briefly.
  • Often and at length.

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Please add your own addictions additions, to the poll, below.

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What an interesting poll! It made me realize that my focus of descriptions is very different between novels :thinking:

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I agree!
This actually made me reflect quite a lot concerning my own writing, expecially when it comes to writing sceneries. For fun I wanted to add this poll to the discussion:

Compare the first time your villain’s looks/clothes is described versus the first time your hero is described. Who has the longest description?

  • The hero
  • The villain

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