Well-written stories balance detail with action; they flow flawlessly between these two things. So, how do I know when I've embellished enough? How do I know when I've embellished too much? It's a fine line, and one I struggle seeing in my own writing.
Is it just me, or do you struggle with this too? I've heard published authors say they've cut hundreds of pages from their stories while they're revising. Joanne Fritz heard Richard Peck say (and I'm indirectly quoting him here) when he thinks he's cut everything he can, he then cuts twenty more words--because you can always cut twenty more words. I found that fascinating.
We all know that embellishing is key to story-telling, but (and here comes my impossible question this week) how do you know when you've achieved the right balance of detail and action? In other words, how do you know when embellishing is not adding interest or excitement to your story?