Wednesday, April 14, 2010
How Much Is Too Much?
I'm reading a book (well, duh). It's m/m romance. The writing is good - clever, correct grammar, plot builds well, etc. But it has a lot of detail (to me anyway). The step-by-step kind while one guy teaches the other a new skill. No, it's not a sexual skill. I find the details mildly interesting but not enough to pay complete attention to them, so I sort of skim. This happens from time to time in my reading. Recently it was a little too much military life.
I'm also writing a book. (Not the paranormal I've mentioned). And now I'm paranoid. Am I writing too much detail, too much about getting from here to there, etc?
Val recently (okay, like ten days ago) posted about what unkowns you like in your fiction, and it's possible that someone else followed that up with more deep thoughts, so that's what got me started on this path.
So how much is too much detail in a book? Are there limits to what you want to know?