Writing is a process by which we light up a lantern and illuminate different patches of truth along the way. How wide should the lantern be, is a matter of setting the distance between our story, and its readers. I find that I have a visual imagination, and that I like immediacy. To achieve this I use the present tense, and descriptive action verbs. At selected places, sufficient understanding about life percolates that I feel the need to raise my lantern and show more of the landscape around the story.
Then I need to adjust the kind of light I want, it's color, warmth, or sharpness, and the type of shade it will produce. Finally, the pace. Allowing the reader to catch his breath is important, and that dictates a relationship between distance and speed. I may slow down a story simply by taking a more remote point of view, by putting my lantern on a hill.
And then there are other lights, which are lit up along the way, but do not move, or at least, slowly. The convergence of these candles of different sizes, together with the main lantern, is a ballet, which progressively illuminates the whole story, but should stop before. Not everything should be resolved in a story.
There should always be a frontier, and a beyond the story, where mystery still resides after the last page has been turned.