Why over-describing ruins a story

That’s why an author can describe a room using one well-chosen detail, and it doesn’t feel like anything’s missing. Because nothing’s missing.

There is a legendary story (origin unknown — often attributed to Hemingway) about a discussion some writers were having about short stories. Specifically: how short can a short story really be?

In the legend, Hemingway says he can write a story in six words. His companions are shocked. They wager Hemingway that he can’t do it.

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