Friday, October 8, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 50

material overshoot

Authors research, but when they insist on including their entire research in the work, instead of using it to support sound novel writing, it's called material overshoot. Details are important - gun callibers, how things work and desciptions of murder weapons, but some authors overload a work with these details so that the reader might as well have gone to the original source materials. Details engage readers, but too much detail, especailly when overpowering and forced can sink a novel fast.

Edward C. Patterson

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