Today, I just wanted to give a shout out to simplicity. For those of you who have been following the progression of my cannibal story, I finished it last Friday. (I believe Scott's words were, "It's about damn time.") It's a novella, weighing in at about 21,000 words, and I've been working on it for about three years. I read through it all yesterday morning, and to my surprise the parts that had me most engaged were also the parts with the simplest POV, the simplest time line, and the simplest prose style.
In a way, this is a relief. Over the last year I've been working to make my prose style more complex because I thought the richness would be more interesting to readers. And, as a reader, I still do very much admire complex prose. But, in this case, in this story, simple was definitely better.