It's Monday and time for this week's quote:
"The temptation to explain is one that should almost always be resisted. A good writer can get anything at all across through action and dialogue, and if he can think of no powerful reason to do otherwise, he should probably leave explanation to his reviewers and critics. The writer should expecially avoid commenting on whta his characters are feeling..."
This quote is from John Gardner, "The Art of Fiction." I read this book some time ago, and I recall that while I did not care for Gardner's superciliousness and condescension, all the same I found some gems.
Many writers -- myself included -- are scared to let their words stand on their own, feeling instead that everything must be explained and presented to the reader on a silver platter. For instance, "Anne was horrified at the thought of kissing Frederick. Her stomach churned and she looked desperately about her for something -- anything -- she might use as a weapon to repel his unwanted advances." (I made that up). Instead, a stronger way to portray the same scene is through the character's actions and words: "Get away!" Anne cried, grabbing the hefty volume of Edwardian poetry that lay on the divan beside her and waving it at him. "If you come any closer with those slimy lips, I shall use this!"
Just a little example. Remember, these quotes I'm pulling are random, and I'm just going with what I find. But I'll shut up now, for fear I overexplain myself. :)