Law of Conservation of Detail – A to Z Challenge, Literary Terms

LContinuing along the tradition of keeping this short, this is definitely worth of a discussion of greater detail, though this teaches a conservation.

When we learn about writing, we are told to be descriptive, to give as much detail as possible. We are told to show, not tell. We want the reader to be there.

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The problem is, there is such thing as too much detail. Often called info dump. Law of Conservation of Detail explains that any detail we give, no matter how mundane, serves a purpose later in the story. If it doesn’t, then we shouldn’t spend too much time on it.

This is especially true in short stories. Too much detail slows the story down and generally only need the most basic information to pass the story along. However, there is something to be said for adding flavor to your story.

Something to think about:

  1. Too much details slows the story down and people get bored
  2. Too little detail and people lose immersion.
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