Have you ever sat down to a buffet or unbelievable amount of food and then overate? You may ask yourself: “Why did I eat SO much?”
The sad truth is stories with an excessive amount of details can lose a person’s interest.
Some authors (especially new writers) fatten-up on descriptions, trail-off with thoughts or ideas, and add unnecessary information about characters. A boring storyline makes dull reading.
I love monster-themed books, movies, and television shows. Since I was a child, my family gathered around and watched Friday night ‘Creature Features’ –usually classic monster movies. Currently, I am watching the TV show The Strain. The first few episodes kept me engaged, but then the unnecessary details, which have nothing to do with the story, began suffocating my interest. The nonessential fillers don’t develop the backbone of the story much. Even though it crawls forward, I remain hopeful it will pick-up. If not, I’ll find something else.
As writers, it is good to reread our work in a realistic manner. Ask yourself some questions:
Does it keep the reader excited?
Is there room for improvement?
Do the extras have anything to do with the story?
Can some unnecessary details be subtracted?
The last question should be the one to really consider. During the writing process, I have inserted scenes that have no importance to the progression of the story, added characteristics to characters that aren’t necessary, and trailed off into a different directions. But don’t fret about the editing until you have finished your project first.