Detail balance?

While writing, I usually wonder how to find a balance in the detail provided.

Unfortunately, I am no verbal Rembrandt.

Comparing against Robin Hobb (who I’m currently reading), her level of detail is huge.  The books are big (914 pages in this case), which is widely held as the reason mored people do not read sci-fi/fantasy.

The words of wisdom given were “paint a picture”.  While I agree with it, I am not certain of how much.  How many paintings do you see that remain popular because they are ambiguous, giving the viewer the chance to make their own decision of how it would look.

So do you keep the detail ‘minimalist’, and let the reader fill in the gaps to make the story theirs?  Or do you painstakingly paint a visual picture, and end up with a tome when finished?



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