You need to see writing as walking on an unmarked path. You may take a giant leap or make a hundred steps, but there’s a time when you take a step back or change directions. The result, in the end, is when you reach your destination, turn back and see a trail of steps you took. That’s the most simplistic way I can describe it. So, now I am in the moment when I take a step back and work on some editing, just to see what were my good steps and decisions while planning to copy it in the future. I’ve noticed that I am describing things in detail. Less is more; remember that. Always leave space for imagination to kick in. Your reader will thank you for it. Since I found this issue, I am kicking out redundant words and adjectives, nouns, and other stuff that clog the sentences and flow. The goal is to make the manuscript read faster than before.
There’s no need to add a dozen words of how someone feels in the moment or trail their actions to every move. “He grabbed the doorknob, gave it a twist, and stepped to the porch from where the view opened up with luscious green tree tops and pink sky on the horizon as scorching Sun sunk behind the dark blue mountains with a spec of bright yellow breaking the composition.” This is a colorful picture, isn’t it? But, here is the better one. “He came to the porch, and a picturesque sunset took his vision. A lot of green, pink, and blue fought the darkened shades under the trees, and the view took his breath away.” See, this one goes a lot better and faster. You also need to remember that over-descriptive words are welcome when the scene is of utmost importance. You can extend the scene, sentences, and moments to highlight them; the reader will know that was important. Remember that each scene must carry a message crucial for the story’s plot. If descriptions are there just for awe value and doesn’t intentionally connects with the plot, that’s a dead paragraph, and you need to delete that. I am telling you, editing isn’t my strongest suite, but I am trying to handle it the best way I can. It’s all for making the novel good.