Is Hemingway’s Theory of Omission Lost On A New Generation?

Hemingway was counted among the lost generation. Today, are we living with a spoon-fed generation? Has a generation which has been conditioned by an educational system that teaches to standardized testing to be little more than automatons, regurgitating information and data as a demonstration of intelligence, now having difficulty grasping Papa’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?

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, am I losing the interest of potential readers?

Am I wrong in my presumption that by omitting parts of the story, they 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, tell 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 moved? 

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 the detail, I am creating a richer experience for the reader. It is my hope that you do as well. 

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