‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’ – Albert Einstein –
I am guilty of over explaining something because I am desperate for the reader to understand my point. I think this is a flaw that writers need to overcome – distrusting the reader. When we read books we revel in those moments when we put things together before its explained fully. Well, I do at least, and I think as writers we should give the readers that challenge. Yes we read for fun, but we also read to expand our minds.
Write a scene as completely as you can, flush with as many details that you can put into it. Then read it over and see how much hand holding you are doing and determine what you can remove. We like to be guided when reading a book, sure, but we also like to take a few steps on our own.