I created the worlds in my fantasy fiction novels and I was proud of what I was able to create. However, reading back and having a new perspective helped me see which elements of the piece were vital to the story. I had to cut off the excess to focus on microscopic details. I realised that this would help me immerse the reader more in the worlds I have created and zero in on the detail and emotions to make the world alive.
One of the feedback points that I received was that my character seemed to be reacting to events as opposed to leading them. At first, I didn’t know what this meant but then I was advised to look at the action scenes in my creative fiction and strip back to elaborate how my characters would respond to these events, rather than just focusing on action. This would allow the reader to imagine their own conception of the world
I think I need to remind myself to take a step back and think about the microscopic details more often.