WRITING TIP: Tell all or say more with less?

Writers are often looking for reassurance that what they wrote is “right.” Did I say too much? Did I say too little? While those aren’t necessarily bad questions to consider before sharing a piece of work, it’s good to remember that leaning one way or the other is not more “right,” though individual writers and readers might have a strong preference. “Some writers whom I admire say everything,” says author Toni Morrison. “I have been more impressed with myself when I can say more with less instead of overdoing it, and making sure the reader knows every little detail. I’d like to rely more heavily on the reader’s own emotions and intelligence.”