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Re: Question for fiction writers
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 6:17 PM   in response to: jagkran in response to: jagkran
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There is a quote, but I forget who wrote it...

"I try to leave out the things that readers skip".

To me that means being careful with the scene/setup and making sure that the characters actually have something meaningful to say with the dialogue.

On the other hand, readers need to have a sense of place and character, so they need to know how something looks, feels, tastes, sounds, & smells (although not all at once...pick a few senses).

My personal rule of thumb is not to go more than a page and a half without dialogue. But usually I have a few paragraphs of setting and then dialogue.
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Re: Question for fiction writers
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 6:19 PM   in response to: davidteves in response to: davidteves
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I completely agree. Emotion is everything in a story. If a reader doesn't care what happens, why would they bother with the story.

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Re: Question for fiction writers
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 10:40 PM   in response to: jeanetteraleigh in response to: jeanetteraleigh
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Re "I try to leave out the things that readers skip"--I think that was Lee Childs.
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