I love the Christmas account in the Bible. It’s simple and yet so filled with details—important details. But there are many details that a modern writer would be demanded to include— like detailed descriptions of characters and setting.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t like books with too much description. Recently, I was reading a story and enjoyed it until the author included a very detailed description of a character. It ruined the story for me; destroyed the image I’d built in my mind.
That makes me question how to straddle that line of adding details to a story without fracturing the imagination of the reader? I don’t have the answer but I do know when I’ve worked with publishers, it’s been something that I’ve found intrudes on my reading pleasure and writing voice.
How do we as writers bring the detail equation into a nice balance?