“Too long.” “Too thorough.” “Sleep-inducing.”
At least I can rely on consistent feedback.
With every writing endeavor, my first draft is double the ideal length. I spend the bulk of my time getting rid of extraneous verbiage. And that opportunity is a gift I do not receive when I inadvertently take over a conversation with one of my detailed stories.
My goal is to finish a story, paper, email, presentation, or answer to collective smiles and nods. No clarifying questions asked. All bases were covered in a way that nobody would ever desire.
The reason for my exhaustive explanations? I have a fear of being misunderstood.