Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday Topic: What are your writing superpowers and what is your kryptonite?

So, you want to know what my writing superpower is?

Hang on for a sec while I find my spandex super-suit with the big blue 'W' on the chest and check the tag. I threw it in the laundry because it was all covered in ink after my most recent epic battle with my NaNoWriMo project.

I write wonderful description that brings life to my work and color the the world I am creating. It gives brilliancy to the people that wander across the stage of my story and meaning to their actions. It draws out the beauty from the mundane and calls to the readers attention the smallest and most important of things. I bravely battle the Ever-Encroaching Void with color and detail. Good description must always prevail!

Also, Susan tells me I am a pretty awesome beta-reader/critique partner.

As for my kryptonite. . .Well, sometimes its possible to have “too much of a good thing.” Sometimes my powerful weapon, the description, exceeds its carefully controlled bounds and turns on me. It eats up my people and my plot until my characters just sit around describing the beautiful and detailed scenery to each other. Sort of like Odysseus's men on the Island of the Lotus Eaters. I don't want any Lotus Eaters in my story. I must remember only to use my power for the forces of good and never for evil. I must never describe anything to death, because that would be a cruel and horrible fate.

Death by Description.



  1. Yes death by description can be horrific thing, I've seen it way too many times.

  2. Pretty sure Odysseus' men weren't complaining when they were on the island. ;) At least you don't also have a problem with cutting. The worst is when you write too much and then can't kill the darlings.

  3. I don't think I've ever put in too much description, thankfully. If anything, I sometimes have problems getting exactly the right description. I love being able to describe something perfectly in one word rather than have to talk and talk and talk just to give the reader some idea of what it looks like. So then I just have trouble finding that one right word. >.<

  4. Ah, yes, the whole "too much of a good thing" superpower that can turn to poison when overdone. But at least you're aware--and that means you can fix it in revision, so it's not as fatal as it might seem at first.

  5. It's true--Tyler-Rose is an awesome crit partner :D She's been helping me with description lately... In fact, I have the feeling I inspired the phrase "Ever-encroaching Void" hehe