Give your reader credit

Give Reader Credit

There’s a pretty good chance that your reader is an intelligent (or at least competent) human being. That means that you don’t need to bash them over the head with every little detail. People like some mystery, and they need to be able to insert themselves into your story. When you insist on having your characters have one of those painful conversations where they lay out every nuance of the plot, you remove the reader’s ability to insert themselves.

What am I saying? Don’t say everything. There’s no need. Just don’t go there. Leave some little bits as a secret, something for the reader to figure out and play with in their own mind. Give them the credit and have faith that they’ll figure it out and thank you for letting them do so.

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