Writers spend countless hours crafting their story but no matter what they do, readers will see what they want.
I learned this in a previous life working in the loss prevention field. My investigators would spend time giving detail descriptions of individuals we were looking for.
No matter what we said, the employees would form different images in their head which would never match up.
This is why it is important for writers to think about this when it comes to their story.
This can be frustrating for writers when they are creating their story.
We pour our hearts into crafting the perfect description of the main character who looks like Brad Pitt only to find out readers think of the barista from down the street.
Some people will say it is up to the writer to put the right descriptors in the story to help the readers to get the right images.
I partially agree with the thought, but space is at a premium in your story.
We can spend pages laying out how beautiful the landscape down to every last detail. If you open a book this way, you are likely to lost some readers or it come at a cost for your plot or character development.
Now I do not suggest leaving out any real descriptions. After all, it does help to set the scene or push your readers into the right direction.
But there is no reason why you have to constantly describe the protagonist’s eyes as being filled with pools made up from the depths of dark blue ocean waters mixed with specks of gold floating on the turbulent surface.
I have read my share of stories where some are light with character descriptions while others offer enough to give a detailed description. The amount of descriptors you use can depend on the story.
I am perfectly fine with going in either direction with descriptions because it is a small portion of what drags me into the story.
Find out what works for you and let your readers do their part.