Ever read prose that goes on and on (and on and on and on)?
Overly detailed writing can be a bore at times, despite your
teachers' advice to be more specific!
Pace, however, is important to writing. When you wish a
reader to spend more time on your writing, add detail. When detail
is unneeded or unnecessary, remove it and speed up your pace.
What readers like most is appropriate pacing at appropriate
times. Give detail where needed; remove it to speed things up. Be
sensitive to your reader's need for breathing space. No one enjoys
wading through detail that doesn't add to the enjoyment of
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