Thinking about Elmore Leonard's Rules 8 & 9: 8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. 9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things. I'm wondering how many people here have a preference in what they read (not what they write) for picturesque prose, where there is more detail about environment and the 'visuals', versus a more dialogue centric style where there is far less description to the point of bareness, and it's all about dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. Elmore Leonard's rules (particularly those above) seem to be about creating a 'hard boiled' style, very suitable for detective fiction, but maybe not for other genres? I personally like the author to paint a picture for me as well as tell a story, so that I feel that I have in my mind's eye an impression of what the author saw in their mind's eye while they were writing. However I wouldn't want to read pages and pages of description as that would be too much. I need enough to know what a character's general looks are, what kind of clothes they wear, what kind of home they live in, what kind of city or rural location they inhabit. Having none of that leaves me feeling I don't know the character at all.