less is more


Root x Shaw | “4-Alarm Fire”


Honestly. This scene. Who knew that 3 words alone would give us such a rush of feelings when it comes to these 2 people & their deep, emotional connection with each other! So simple, so minimal. No flashy act required. Just the 3 words.

The 3 unforgettable words that were uttered by Shaw to Root right before Shaw was shot (4.11 “If-Then-Else”). Those 3 words in their private conversation that only they knew about. No one else. So when Shaw decoded those 3 words from the interference pulses, she just knew. It was Root. Her whole demeanour changed. She no longer felt hopeless to a point of wanting to take her own life. Root. Her saviour. Once again. Root gave her a reason to stay alive and plan an escape.




This proves that one doesn’t need elaborate acts to depict and portray true love and romance between 2 people. Sometimes you only need 3 words to put you IN. THE. GROUND.

If Root x Shaw’s relationship isn’t the greatest love story ever told on-screen, I don’t know which is!!!

Bravo, POI writers. Bravo, Amy & Sarah!

Rules For Writing: Less is More

1. Beginning writers often worry about whether or not they’re using enough detail in their writing. However, a writer should use only enough detail to accurately describe the scene. The reader does not need to know exact number of freckles on a character’s face or a vivid depiction of every house on the street.

2. Bulky paragraphs look bad. They’re visually straining and it’s far too easy for readers to lose their place. When this happens, many readers get confused and lose all interest in the story. The white space in between paragraphs makes the lines easier to follow. Don’t be afraid of long paragraphs. However, try to avoid using them in excess.

3. Avoid introducing too many characters in one scene. Although you, the writer, knows each of these fictional people and their entire life stories, the readers don’t. When a large amount of characters are introduced at once, it overwhelms the reader. I’m not saying you should write a highly memorable, dramatic introduction for each character to be introduced in, but be sure that the readers have time to acknowledge and meet each new character.

4. Don’t have too many characters in general. If they aren’t helping the plot in any way, delete them. It doesn’t matter how interesting or unique they are. A character should only exist to enhance your story, not to clutter it.

5. Dragging out scenes is seldom a good idea. When the same moment is endlessly expanded and dwelled upon (without purpose), it becomes dull. When it comes to a chapter, length is not a rule set in stone. It can be long, of course, but it can also be short and to-the-point.


“This is a really sweet moment because she’s accepting him back, but he’s saying “Look, if you really don’t want me here…” and it’s a nice little dance that they do. This is where they’re saying they like each other without saying they like each other. One of the reasons we wanted that line for Beckett “See you tomorrow” is that in the end of season two, in that episode, the last thing she says is “See you in the fall”, and it’s more with a question mark, and Castle says “See you in the fall”, but it really is unresolved, and now that things are back, things are normal, we’ve reestablished the relationship. ”

(Andrew Marlowe, Rob Bowman, and Nathan Fillion episode commentary)

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