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How Far Should Obscurity Go?

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I've just edited a story, and I noticed the lack of describtion on it. Since I, an editor, am not responsible for such a thing, I didn't bother to put it in in fear the author would attack me and in knowledge that my responsiblity did not extend that far. It has gotten me thinking, how much obscurity should you put in a story and where is it acceptible and appliable? Fear of the unknown is a very prominent and flexable fear. You can make a rainbow sound scary and fearful if the person doesn't know what a rainbow is or can't figure out it's a rainbow. It prompts the need for obscurity since the fear itself is about not knowing. But can it get to the point where there is just questions and not fear? If there is, where is that line? Can it also go to the opposite extreme where the fear is expelled by describtion? We can all agree that there are 6 essentials to every story, they are called "the 5 W's (and 1 H)." But when should we apply them and how far should it go? It should'nt go to the aforementioned end where knowledge gets rid of the fear of the unknown. But it is necessary to describe at least enough to get done with essinential questions, if there are such things. I would like to know what you think. 

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