This is definitely one I struggle with. Because I wrote the story, everything that’s been written is perfectly clear to me.
So it’s a common occurance that I send out work and get back crit upon crit saying that they don’t know what’s going on. Because I can visualize what’s going on all the time, I can’t see when someone can’t.
In those circumstances, the solution is to go back to each scene that misses some clarity and make the necessary aspects more obvious.
On the other hand, I have found that writers make things too obvious. That is by far the number one on my pet peeves list. Because making things glaringly obvious looks like the writer thinks the reader is an idiot. And insulting the people you want to pay for the story is never the wisest course. Luckily though, it’s an easy fix. Deleting the reitirations of the obvious.
If the plot is too obvious or convoluted, though, you have a bit more of a problem. You’ll have to put your story through substantial revisions to complicate or simplify your story, depending on the situation.
So if you’re think that something’s too obvious or not obvious enough, you might want to get your CPs to help you spot all the places to fix…
Look Out for These:
1) Crit partners asking why/how/when/where questions.
2) Crit partners stating that they know something or that it’s already clear.
3) Readers predicting the end or not getting the end at all.
Do you make things too obvious? Or do you struggle to?