When I write poetry and stories, I realize I oscillate between two extremes: either I make the meaning too obvious or I make the meaning too vague.
I know meaning is all subjective – and I do like for readers to deduce their own meanings from the piece, but more often than not, I get questions like “Why did this character do that?” and “What does this (symbol, scene, character, item, event) mean?” and “I don’t understand this poem at all.”
I call it a “tragic flaw” because I’m not sure how to tackle it. When I try to amend the piece and make the meanings less vague, I get comments like “Don’t spoon-feed your reader” or “You’re telling, not showing.” Then I make some changes and the piece becomes “too vague” again.
So now… I must find the happy medium between these two extremes.
I suppose I could get a larger/more diverse readership and get more opinions. Or else I could just write the way I want to and let everyone come up with their own interpretation – but I want people to understand what I write!
Does anyone else have this same issue with their writing? What are the “tragic flaws” in your writing? What do you do to correct them? Leave comments! 🙂