Description enables the reader to experience the “fictional dream”, being pulled into a story so deeply that it becomes more real than the chair the reader sits on. Description is the language used to bring attributes of a thing or person to the reader’s mind. It makes impressions, using all the senses. It is also known as word painting.
How do you go about self-editing? Cutting forces you to decide what truly belongs and what doesn’t. Cut until you end up with a piece that works for you. Now the material you relate to the most, will stand out from the rest. You’re focusing the lens to create a sharper image. You’re discovering where the gaps are and what’s needed to fill them.