I was talking with a friend a couple days ago about 2 sentence horror stories. I don’t know if you’ve looked any up, but there are some really good ones out there.
And they are absolutely beautiful in their simplicity.
Because sometimes, it isn’t so much what’s said as what isn’t said. It lets the reader’s mind fill in the gaps with all sorts of horrors, personalizing it to fit their individual fears.
But simplicity shouldn’t be reserved for 2 sentence horror stories.
We don’t live in the Edwardian times, anymore.
You can write like that if you want, of course, supplying the reader with literally every detail of every object within sight. You can use an absolutely overwhelming amount of descriptors to tell your readers the exact curvature of a sphere.
But do you have to?
Should you always do that?
Certain scenes demand a simpler, less detailed account. (Fight scenes, sex scenes, transitional scenes which just show the passage of time, etc.)
Personally, I prefer books that don’t beat me to death with the color of the throw pillows or the shape of each doily (complete with the pattern and the type of stitch most commonly used to attain that pattern).
I like fast-paced books that let me fill in the decorations with my own imagination. It’s certainly active enough to supply the details.
Character development and plot are far more important to me than the number of freckles on a person’s face.
Because that little bit of personalization, that little bit that’s different for every reader is part of the magic.
There’s the magic of sharing an entire world that you’ve created with other people. And there’s the magic of that world meaning something different to each person that enters it.
That makes it more real.
We don’t notice every detail of every object in our lives. Why the fuck would our characters?
Why should the reader?
Let them get tunnel vision when the book draws them in. Let them get so wrapped up in a climactic scene that the background becomes just that… background.
Now, as for my own work, I’ve been reading through what I have of The Regonia Chronicles to reacquaint myself with the characters. And it’s shown me just how much I’ve learned, even just in the last couple of years.
Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love the story and the characters.
But I’m gonna have a lot of editing to do. Lol.
I’ve also been prepping some cover reveal stuff for A Heart of Salt & Silver and finalizing the map. I’ll be moving on to formatting, soon.
Which means I’ll be announcing a release date, soon!
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