A general rant on how to write stories

I realise quite a few people have done these, but here's mine. Just general ways to improve your stories (in my opinion). Or I might just complain about how people write things in general.


11. What characters are wearing

In quite a few movellas, people have the tendency to go into unnecessary detail about what the character is wearing. Example:

I put on a blue t-shirt with a cartoon of mickey mouse on the front which I knew complemented my eyes. Then I put on my black jeans which had 7 large rips in them then my red DCs. I accessorized it with silver necklace with a butterfly on it and all of my bracelets on my wrist.

Okay, did anyone else get bored when reading that? A brief description is perfectly acceptable when describing clothes, as we don't care too much, just enough to get a general feel for what they're wearing. Here's a shortened version of above:

I pulled on a mickey mouse t-shirt, one of my favourites. My jeans were ripped, meaning that I got a bit cold in the winter, and I was wearing my usual collection of bracelets with my silver butterfly necklace.

Okay, it's not a lot shorter, but I think it sounds a bit better. You can go into a bit of detail about the functionality of the item, which can be interesting

If you want to describe in detail, only do it when they're going to an important event, or where their outfit is particularly important. And then, if describing in detail, I'd do it from the character looking in the mirror, as to me it feels a bit better to read. Example:

I didn't have much time, but I quickly stopped to analyse myself in the mirror. My long green dress was nice, and luckily hadn't creased, something I'd been worried about. As Sophia had said, even if I hadn't believed her at the time, it did complement my eyes. I'd gone for the simple approach, choosing to wear only a delicate gold necklace, which was nestled in the hollow of my throat. The shoes I'd chosen were ridiculous, far too high to walk anywhere in, and as I looked at myself I seemed to wobble, looking extremely precarious.

So, I hope this may have helped in some form or other. 

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