I'm trying to break out of the habit I've formed over the years of supplying my writing with so many adjectives, adverbs and fancy linguistic devices that I smother the true meaning and give my potential readers literary indigestion. I know that the very greatest authors are never "too wordy", but instead take the time to choose the very best words to describe in a brief way exactly what they mean. I would really find it interesting (and I'm sure others would as well) if people all posted some of their all-time favourite descriptions from books that they've read. Could be a paragraph of description, or just one really good sentence. And it could be describing a character or a setting or a feeling, or anything really. I'm just looking for really top quality description from your favourite authors. --- I'm currently reading Writing For Pleasure And Profit by Michael Legat (which, incidentally, has some great, in-depth tips and advice for the beginner and experienced writer). One excerpt I found there was from Barbara Willard's The Sprig of Broom: "It was mid-October, the harvest well stored. The sun was as hot as if it shone in the first week of September, but a tumbling sky threw great clouds before the wind, and when the sun was obscured then all the promise of winter was in the air. But it was magic weather, a gift to sweeten the sadness of the ending year. There were still blackberries, thick and dripping with juice, but these would remain on the bushes, for by now, as it was said, the Devil had spat on them and they should not be eaten. So birds gorged themselves, and the ground and the leaves of the brambles were strewn with purple droppings. The water, half shadow and half glitter, threw back the colours of beech and bracken tossing them over the boulders like gold and copper coins." This excerpt, Legat goes on to say, "almost goes over the top in its richness - almost, but not quite , because Barbara Willard is a first-class writer and knows what she is doing." I just thought it painted such a vibrant picture of the scene in my mind that I was wondering: - how many other people have had this problem of overflowing their writing with description upon description - if anyone else had come across any similar passages whereupon they just thought "wow, that is some great descriptive writing!"