“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny.” – Bruce Coville
As a teller of tales, a writer’s job goes beyond the mere revelation of a story. We are trusted to relay stories a manner that intrigues and entertains. To accomplish this, we must withhold information from the reader, the listener, lacing our account with spurious clues, suggestive foreshadowing and quiet hints. Like a great magician, the prestige should not only be gratifying but somewhat if not completely surprising.
I relish the stories that I can look back on and say, “Dang, I should have seen that coming.” It makes it fun to re-read a book like that, examining prior events, bland tip offs and casual remarks that actually inferred what was coming later. If a character in the story is surprised to learn something, I want to be surprised as well.
The best writers are tyrants. They only let you know what you need to know, when you need to know it.
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