To quote Gene Weingarten, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize::
'...the best writing is understated, meaning it's not full of flourishes and semaphores and tap dancing and vocabulary dumps that get in the way of the story you are telling. Once you accept that, what are you left with? You are left with the story you are telling.'
Another gem from Gene: All stories are ultimately about the meaning of life.
'...it must be about something larger than itself - some universal truth - and always searching for whatever that is. Sometimes, midway through, you realise it's not what you thought, it's something else...but it's always something.'
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- What do you think? Do you take readers out of the story with too much description?
- Do you look for a universal truth when you're writing/planning a story?