Re: Use your character voice!
Sowing the seeds of dissention here - isn't it about both? If I have a great visual image then I want to get that across, and that might be the time for a paragraph of eg
The office was small and cluttered, books heaped around her, a tea on the fileblock beside her. (taking inspiration from what's around me there....)
and then it might be time for the character bit:
Springs slurped her tea, yelping at its heat. She felt the warm sunshine on her back and thought she must be mad to be indoors. Still the compulsion was too strong, and, hand shaking, she reached out and logged into the Chrons...
It's just, like Bowler said, we are a generation who are used to visual images, perhaps there is a balance to be found.