I've never heard of the term stage direction. I was reading this article about stuff not to do in writing, and this stood out: #2 Stage Direction She reached out her arm to open the door. Okay, unless she has mind powers and telekinesis, do we need the direction? He turned to go down the next street. He picked up the oars and pulled a few more strokes, eager to get to his favorite fishing spot. We “get” he’d have to pick up the oars to row his boat, or that is a seriously cool trick. Be active. Characters can “brush hair out of their face” “open doors” and even slap people without you telling us they reached out an arm or hand to do this. We are smart. Really. I guess I use stage direction too much. Good to know. I'll try not to. I'm thinking of Murakami though, and although I don't have any text ready to show as example, I think he uses it (or his translator does) a lot. Sometimes I think I like it as... filler? To slow the pace? What do you think?