Tuesday, October 13, 2009

When Less is More

“Giving your audience everything on a plate is the worst way to tell a story — in fact, it’s often what’s meant by the condemnation of ‘telling’ rather than ’showing.’ The best way to paint a scene is to get your reader to imagine it for themselves — and sometimes that can be done more effectively with fewer, rather than more, words.” -- Bill Ward in Frame Your Flash: Don’t Fence It In. [posted on Flash Fiction Chronicles]
I’ve been amazed lately at how many times I post a topic and, within a few days, read another post on the same topic. Maybe this has happened all along, and I’m simply more aware of it now. Anyway, today’s quote reiterates the idea of being selective in the information you share with the reader and is another example of when less is more.

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