As I didn't write last night (I went to the pub) I thought I must get some words down tonight. Managed about 900'ish before I ran out of steam but that's better than nothing (especially as the TV was on VERY LOUD and I couldn't really concentrate!). Am only 700'ish words away from hitting the 75% written mark so that's what I'm aiming for tomorrow.
I know I shouldn't but I can't help re-reading bits of what I've written so far and I'm itching to finish the first draft and start editing. Everything I've learned from the "Make Your Words Work" book (see previous posts) is gnawing away at my brain going "apply me, apply me." I'm also aware that my novel is pretty dialogue heavy (maybe I should be a screenwriter?) and I need to go through the novel and work on my very sparse descriptions both of settings and my characters.
I was reading an interview with some author or other today who said that she didn't include any descriptions of any of her characters as she likes to leave it up to the reader to decide what they look like. On the other hand, I recently read the first few pages of "Vince and Joy" by Lisa Jewell ("Ralph's Party" was the first chick lit book I ever read) and noticed that she goes into great detail when describing her characters. I think perhaps I fall in between the two camps as I'm not sure if no physical description at all of your characters is a good idea (though I'd like to get away with that if I could) and I'd feel like I was really slowing the pace if I put in too much description. Opinions? How much description do you like to read in a novel and how much have you put into your own work?