My father, who writes westerns, and I had a bit of a good humoured argument/discussion yesterday about how women seem to over-write a scene or a dialogue where a man will get to the point and convey the same scene by using fewer, if not by half, words to keep the story moving. He pointed out several excerpts from Danielle Steele's books where she elaborates for two pages on the same scene. He then re-wrote one lengthy scene in a manner that a male would write it. I had to agree that his -male- style of writing did lose half the wording of Steele's work, but said the same thing. To my female mind however, I found Danielle Steele's version more comfortable and connective to my female brain. Do female writers over-write scenes or dialogues to the point where they are needlessly wordy?