Down the well wrote:How about not boring me with empty description?
Margo wrote:Of course I should mention that literary fiction, unlike commerical fiction, is not a genre that lends itself to skipping head. The reader might miss the part where the little lint ball comes out of the navel. :P Just kidding.
HillaryJ wrote:Luckily I've been on a string of excellent reads lately, ones where I want to go slow and savor the writing.
Usually the skipped parts are described as "long" or "boring" or having "too much information" or "not enough dialogue. I don't understand this habit of skipping, unless you're a student reading assignments and pressed for time. Otherwise, I'd say skipping passages is bordering on being illiterate."
I don't understand this habit of skipping, unless you're a student reading assignments and pressed for time.
Say no to skipping.
Down the well wrote:People skip all the time, and not because they are in a hurry or because they are dimwitted, but because the writer failed to engage, at least with that particular reader.
But the writer who provided the bland, mind-numbing drivel is merely, what, misunderstood?
Down the well wrote:You've got some strange notions, Guardian. But I'll leave you to them. To each his own.
Guardian wrote:I see these things after all this. As always I can be wrong, and maybe I'm damn wrong in this case (Just as sometimes I was wrong in other things.). But right now this is how I see things, based on my own experience.
Dankrubis wrote: For the love of god, why? If passages are boring you, just put that sucker down and grab another book. You people fast-forward films, too?
Dankrubis wrote:For the love of god, why? If passages are boring you, just put that sucker down and grab another book.
Margo wrote:Why is this hard to understand? There are writers who get carried away with the poetry of their own prose but otherwise are great writers. There are writers who rush to meet deadlines or to write 2-3 novels and a couple of novellas a year. There are writers who think that because they are established, no editor should ever touch their work again. Few books are perfect. Some flaws are minor, and reader can skim over a passage of description that goes on longer than necessary or a sex scene that gets too graphic or too kinky, etc, and still love the rest of the book. Some flaws will make the same reader put a book down, never pick it back up, and never read another book by that author again.
Blaming the reader for lack of engagment is pointless and egotistical. If writers don't like readers skipping long descriptions and sex scenes meant to get the writer off (with little concern for reader experience) the answer is simple, two words: write better.
That said, it's impossible to please every reader. Some will hate what others love. Two more words: move on.
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