I'm curious about how other writers feel about these topics - elegance versus overwriting. (By elegant writing, I mean words that fit perfectly in perfectly-paced sentences - often writing that requires patience and concentration out of the reader). Is it even possible for the next Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Pynchon, etc., to be out there somewhere in today's world? It seems like any editor or agent would throw a manuscript away if it tempted to reach for an audience like those writers do or did. What does it take to reach that level of writing? How do you make a reader say, "Ok, this is not going to be a piece of cake, but I want to read it." It seems any attempt at attractive prose is deemed overwriting. What do you all think?