Sometimes writing feels like a play-by-play. When reading my work back today, I realised that my writing is overly-descriptive, awkward to both write and read. For example, I remember writing this sentence earlier, and finding it difficult to structure: "Maya stopped her bike and leapt from the saddle, peering quickly down both paths, then, with a nod, pointing left." This is such a simple piece of action. All I wanted was for the reader to know that they were going down one path, but it branched into a much longer sentence than I expected (sort of like this one), and these stockpiled over the course of the story until it became a collection of unnecessary detail. How do I condense sentences like these? Because, honestly, I don't think any reader cares that Maya nodded and pointed left.