How Fiction Writers Can Find the Right Balance Between Too Much and Too Little Detail

Striking the balance between too much detail and not enough detail in fiction writing is discovered by trial and error, as award-winning author Micki Browning explains. With a background of 22 years in law enforcement, Browning took all of her experiences and knowledge and wrote a police procedural for her first book manuscript. The end result was a very long, overly detailed, and boring story.  There is such a thing as too much detail, she says, and the more you write and hone your craft, the easier it will be to determine which details are necessary and which are not. Browning recommends including everything in the first draft, but be ruthless in the editing and revision process. If a detail isn't pertinent to the story, cut it from the final draft. It's easy to get attached to details, she says, but know that you are improving your story by getting some of the tedium out of the reader's way.

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  • This makes a lot of sense. With me being a first time writer, my first rough draft was too detailed or too little detailed, so when I did me second and then third draft of the book, I fined tuned it to where it has, I believe, the right amount of information of detailed information rather.