Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Andrew Konomanyi and the Mini Skirt Rule of Writing

As the father of a young successful writer, Andrew Konomanyi has spent time understanding and learning about the practices of good writers. One of the more clever rules that some writers subscribe to is known as the mini skirt rule. According to this principle, when you write you should keep your text long enough to cover the necessary parts, but keep it short enough to still be interesting to the viewer or reader. 

In that context, the rule makes sense and proves to be a handy tenet for many writers of all styles. If you examine this idea from the reader's perspective, you can see where the philosophy applies. When we read a story, we want to feel that all of the major ideas are covered. Who are the main characters? What has happened to them? What was the resolution to the conflict in the story? These are the most important bits of information, generally. At the same time, as a reader, we do not want to be bogged down with too many details. No one needs three paragraphs to describe what the hero of the story was wearing, and another two pages telling us what their house looks like. 

Finding the mini skirt balance between too little and too much information is a skill that writers develop over the years. For Andrew Konomanyi's son, he was able to find that happy medium at a young age, and write his first novel. In his work, he gives enough information to cover the basics, but still makes the body interesting.