Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Delusions of Verbosity
But you know what? The things that really make a story memorable are the things that aren't said. Pride and Prejudice? Women for all time are haunted by the fantasy of being married to Mr. Darcy. Lord of the Rings? Imagining the epic battles unfolding before you (which is why the movies were so popular).
In both of these cases the authors laid out the framework and left it to your imagination to take it the rest of the way. Spelling out the adventure would have actually ruined the story.
Adding more words doesn't always fix storytelling problems. The trick is making sure that the words you do add are the right words.