“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” ― Mark Twain
Don’t you totally agree? Information left out leaves more room for the imagination to fly off in many varied directions. Ultimately, even the sky isn’t the limit.
As a writer, do you find it hard to leave stuff out? Do you feel you have to tell the reader every single thing you’re thinking or the characters are thinking? Are you afraid they’ll miss something?
We should give readers (imagineers) more credit. I don’t know about you, but I love to read a novel where much of the details and backstories are left out. For one thing, it leaves more room for another number in the series but it’s good to let the reader think and imagine for herself/himself. For another, too many details and too much backstory and you can lose the reader in less than a minute and that’s never good.
I don’t know why Shirley Temple’s song, “Animal Crackers in my Soup” came to mind when writing this. I suppose because I saw the commercial advertising her greatest hits a while back and the song stuck in my head — it’s a bit catchy, isn’t it? And no, I don’t think I’d like animal crackers in my soup. I think it’s a bit much. I’d like to taste my soup. I think it’s better with leaving a bit of the additives out.
Maybe just a little cheese.