"Novels include padding; I think padding might be an essential part of the novel, for all I know."
I've been reading Borges again, and his thoughts on poetry and epics, and I've been thinking about the line above. A lot, if not all, novels DO include padding, and maybe that's just how it is. I've spent years trimming the fat from my novels, and sometimes I worry there's not enough description, as I mostly focus on action and dialogue. But now that's I've read Borges' thoughts on it, I don't feel so bad. Borges frankly says that the novel might be getting exhausted, with all the experiments and whatnot of the past hundred years. I don't think it's exhausted, and I don't think it will be for a long time, but I do think that with the lack of time people have today, the sort of padding that is in novels, could be excised more, and maybe it IS time for epic, sparse verse to come back. I don't know. All I know is I'm going to continue writing in my economical, easy style, and continue to get rid of everything that isn't absolutely necessary. And that's just my style. My favorite writer, Melville - is completely the opposite. And that's ok too.