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If you have read it, you will know that from page one, the reader is pulled into this place and details about the setting just fall from the prose. I feel like I am there, that I know exactly what this mind blowing magical place is like.
The genius in this is I don't feel like I'm missing out on the characters or the plot in favor of the description.
As you may be aware, I'm a high school teacher, and with that I teach a creative writing class. I don't let them write scifi or fantasy until the 4th quarter because they need to hone their skills to write character and plot and maintain the same POV before I will let them, but even with this, I will sometimes get pages of description about the landscape of the story at the cost of the story. It is one of the hardest parts of writing, especially if there is a world that is unlike ours.
But even if the world is ours, we need to remember to see it through the voice of our narrator. We need to remember to balance the details of the essential with the details of something we describe beautifully that doesn't have anything to do with our plot or characters. I truly believe this is one of the most challenging parts of writing.
And let's be honest, this post is probably more as a reminder for me than anything significant I could share with you :)
How do you balance the world building with the story telling? Is there a book you have loved that did this well?