“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip”
I have seen it in my own writing as well as other peoples writing. They give pages upon pages of descriptions that are beautiful and eloquently phrased giving beautiful imagery in your head. When your reading though, do you actually read these parts? A paragraph, maybe two of descriptions, and then your turning pages until you get to the dialogue. What else do you skip? Maybe entire characters parts. You read the first couple pages that deal with a certain character but then find yourself bored and wanting to get to the juicy stuff! While sometimes you might have to put descriptions in, or talk about characters that are far from interesting, according to Elmore Leonard, you should minimize it as much as possible. Dose that mean exclude it? Maybe not, but you should always look at every word with a critical eye and make sure it is absolutely necessary to further the story. One of the things I’ve noticed is that the best writers somehow manage to get those three pages of descriptions broken up and down to a few sentences at a time unless absolutely necessary. kman756 has got this down to a T!