Omit every spare word

This quote reminds me of an elderly friend who complained to me about a book she had read. Although she really enjoyed the story, she doesn’t like reading certain scenes. Yes, those scenes. However, when she skipped them, she found that she had missed something crucial and had to backtrack and read them.

From her description of the plot, I recognised it as a book written by an author friend of mine. However much as I sympathised with my elderly friend for having to read the scenes she had no desire to, I had to congratulate my author friend who did her job well.