Using descriptive writing to show the characters’ movements through the story, setting, and the world, we’re giving our readers an added layer of description to cling to and experience the story. Descriptive action has ripples you can use to show other aspects of your story’s world.
Descriptive world building is the easiest way to fall into a hole of describing information and moments not important or necessary to the flow of the story.
Writers can show a whole world, describe conflict, and trick the reader just by fine-tuning a character’s voice to make it sing. How someone chooses to express their emotions, surroundings, and the situations they get into can convey way more to the reader in a more engaging way than simply stating it.
Descriptive writing is often stated as show don’t tell. But that’s kind of wrong, descriptive writing does involve telling. Writers tell the reader many things but dressed up in fancy clothing and paired with showing.