I’m a word nerd. I adore analogies, metaphors, beautiful, poetic language. Take a look at these:
“Autumn in the Lowcountry of South Carolina is usually as slow and sweet as tawny port, and just as sleepily intoxicating.” Saltwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons
“Rain fell like tiny silver teardrops from the tired sky. Somewhere behind a bank of clouds lay the sun, too weak to cast a shadow on the ground below.” On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
I admire writers like these whose pens seem to spill out onto the page with the perfect word or a phrase that turns a mundane description into a work of art. But some readers argue that it slows things down too much. They want a fast pace, skip the description, and get to the action. And that’s okay. We all like different things.
Which one are you? Do you enjoy plenty of figurative language in books? Or would you rather skip the descriptions and get on with the action?