Sunday, November 3, 2013

Keep Some Things to Yourself

Do you know folks who bombard you with intimate details of their life before you say hello?  And do you walk a mile out of your way to avoid them?

Voltaire says "The secret of being tiresome is to tell everything."  We say "too much information."

The same applies to writing.  Perhaps you've written exhaustive details of your characters.  The schools they attended, the foods they love and hate, the music they listen to in the car.  These do not have to be dutifully recited, just slipped in where they really matter in the story.

Separate what is essential for what you are now writing.  What you leave out is as important as what you leave in.

Details are important, but don't get bogged down writing them.

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