Avoid aimless stage direction – by Nathan Bransford…

It’s a great impulse to physically describe characters and their movements, and too many writers neglect it. Over-reliance on dialogue is a rampant problem among aspiring writers, so introducing some physicality is important.

But what physical description is the right physical description?

Sometimes writers correct too much in the other direction: they include a lot of description of characters moving around a room or picking up and putting down objects or looking at the person they’re talking to that just doesn’t really mean anything.

It’s aimless stage direction. It’s movement without meaning.

How do you avoid this? Here are some tips.

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