I am reading about how much description is necessary for the story as well as to make sure I don't over or under describe scenes. One quote I found from Chekhov that is interesting can be seen below. It essentially says to minimise details in descriptions and let the reader imagine the scene for him/herself. What I don't understand is that when I read some of his works, he describes scenes down to the last detail. Here is some of the beginning of Small Fry (of course it varies a bit depending on the source from translation): Is he actually keeping his descriptions to a minimum, despite the attention to detail, anyway, considering the ones he gives also tells of other details? As in, the kerosene stinking of burning because it's a closed-off room and relatively dark? In that case, the lines of description are precision strikes designed to have larger effects.