Tuesday, March 1, 2011
One difference between describing setting and characters.
How many times have we all been engaged in conversation and been focused on the person across from us, or on a problem, and been unaware of our surroundings? A book should follow the POV character's thoughts and focus, not try to be a movie. If it's a screenplay, by all means put a hint of setting to open every scene.
Characters are different. If someone's talking to you, unless they're behind you, or walking beside you, there's a good chance you're looking at them and watching them speak. I hate leaving the reader with no face or at least a general brushstroke of something to watch the words come from.