Iceberg Theory – Don’t Explain Everything

 

Hemingway was counted among the lost generation. Today, are we living with a spoonfed generation? Has a generation which has been conditioned by an educational system that teaches to standardized testing to be little more than mind-numb automatons, regurgitating information and data as a demonstration of intelligence, now having difficulty grasping Ernest Hemingway’s concept of omission as a means to improve story?

Is it possible, that because of the US educational system, our youth now have poorly developed imaginations, and require every piece of a story to not only be laid out, but spelled out in minute detail? Are they incapable of filling in the blanks, because they have been destroyed by an education reliant on multiple choice?

When I read movie or book reviews written by people in their twenties, one of the common complaints is that there are “gaps” in the production. Don’t these reviewers understand that a skilled writer may be doing this on purpose? Because the viewers,  or readers, should be so engaged in the story that detailed and repetitive illustration is not, or I guess should not, be necessary.

I am left to wonder, that in trying to improve myself as a storyteller by adapting not only Hemingway’s concise and compact writing style, but incorporating his undervalued Iceberg Theory, to my existing writing style and technique, am I losing the interest of potential readers?

Am I wrong in my presumption that by surgically removing parts of the story,  readers will understand the layered depth of the world I am creating? Or, is their perception limited only to what the words which appear on the page, or screen, show them?

Does the reader understand that War Springs Eternal is a tale of a damaged WWI veteran, suffering from the trauma of what he not only saw, but what he was forced to do? Or are they merely seeing a story about a man who fought, came home, and tried to move on? Do they get that his final action, was to spare another his suffering?

I have been enjoying writing novellas without great exposition, encouraging readers not only to interpret the subtext, but for they themselves to become part of the story. I know what has been omitted from the narrative, because I have written those parts, and then deleted them from the completed story. It is painful to remove prose that means so much to me, however I am convinced, that by removing specific detail, I am creating a richer experience for the reader. It is my hope that you do as well.




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I am an independent, self-published teller of tales,
an author, as of yet, scarcely any renown.
However, as a storyteller, I know who I am,
and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to please visit my website,

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I write of the damaged and broken, because that is the norm. For each person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not.

It is their stories I tell. 

Thank you,

Joe

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