Monday, June 7, 2010

RUE – Resist the Urge to Explain

When I was seventeen and told the joke about the two old Texans standing on the bridge, the punchline (both) wooshed over my head. Yeah, and I haven't gotten any swifter. The point is, it's sometimes tough for the writer to figure out when you haven't explained enough, and vice versa. Browne and King in Self-Editing For Fiction Writers point out four dangers of explaining.
  • Condescending
  • Redundant
  • Muddles writing
  • Interrupts flow
These are obviously things (like adverbs) you want to avoid, so it may be best to err on the conservative. Leverage your local critique group. Feedback is essential.

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