on Fiction University:
Going too far in our writing happens, and a good sentence or even scene can turn into an overwritten mess.
The term purple prose has been around as long as I’ve been writing, and chances are you’ve heard it to. You’ll also hear folks say “the prose is too flowery” or it feels “overwritten.” People know it when they see it, but how do you spot it in your own work? And more importantly–how do you fix it?