"I am irritated by my writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." —Gustave Flaubert
When I write, I often see the scene playing out in front of me on a movie screen. I want to reproduce what I see and hear.
Donald Maass teaches writers that if it's not on the page, it doesn't exist. That's so true! On the other hand, too many details bog the story down. The trick, in my view, is to bring just enough to the page leaving the rest to the imagination of your reader.
It's all better with friends.