A couple of my long-distance friends – one lives in Minnesota and the other in Ohio – and I were chatting via Facebook last night while watching an episode of the (rather brilliant) BBC series Sherlock. We were bemoaning the fact the wait is so long between seasons – typically it’s two years between seasons, which in turn consist of three 1-1/2 hour episodes. But even as we whined, we had to agree on one thing: The wait is worth it. Seriously. The writing, acting, music, and cinematography all weave together in such a way as to allow the viewer to keep finding new nuances with repeated viewings. And though we know what’s going to happen next, we still find ourselves on the edge of our seats as this modern-day Sherlock Holmes solves another puzzle and learns how to be a bit more human in the process. It’s all rather … brilliant.
It’s also helped me remember there are times when the quality of something makes up for the lack of quantity of some things. It’s a good thing for me to remember when it comes to writing – sometimes less truly is more.