Monday, September 20, 2010
I don’t do detail
It’s not the first time I’ve been told this. The wonderful Melissa James reviewed some of my work a while back and said the same thing.
So I am about to start revising my latest work and add some detail.
Trouble is, when it comes to detail, I always err of the side of not too much; mostly because I personally don’t read the detail in books. Whenever a paragraph starts with: ‘The house was...’, The landscape seemed...’, His hair was...’, I skip it. My interest is in the character; what they do next, what they feel, why they feel it. Where they are when they’re feeling it hardly matters to me.
So this is my dilemma. I don’t like the detail, so I don’t want to inflict it on my readers.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Or maybe you love the detail. Do tell. And any hints on where I can read more about this.