By Ross B. Lampert
Perhaps you remember this exchange from the movie Amadeus:
Emperor Joseph II: “My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.”
Mozart: “Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”
Wow. Talk about a perfect response to an ignorant critic—never mind that the critic happened to be an Emperor! (I guess that would qualify as a 3-star review.) And yet….
The truth is, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. In writing, that “good thing” can be descriptive details. Last time I wrote about the expository lump (a.k.a...Read More