A situation in which a writer, or author, if you will, expresses himself or herself in such a way that there may be a profound number of thoughts and representations throughout his or her work, and though it may be deemed eloquent, it may also, in some instances, but not all, be determined by some readers, but, as I mentioned, not all, to be distracting.
Did I lose you? Sorry about that. I think I gave myself a brain cramp.
Verbosity, in case you couldn't tell, refers to speech or writing with an excess of words.
It's true that, as a writer, word count is something that I am concerned with. Each type of work, such as a novel or novella, has a word range that's more or less a sweet spot to strive for. I need to reach these word counts, or at least the minimum required, to feel secure that the story will stand a good chance of being published in the category I meant for it to be published in. After that, if it's above the word count, I don't mind. To me, it's not a big deal, because some content will undoubtedly be cut in the editing process to streamline the story. Some might be added, as well.
Basically, as long as I'm in the ballpark for a whatever type of work I'm doing, the story will be as long as it needs to be. I'm not going to deliberately add words just to make something longer. I guess, because of this, I'm not particularly verbose. I like to add lots of detail and describe, but if I find myself getting lost in it, either when I'm actually writing it or when I'm reading it over later on, I'll cut it down. I don't want my readers to get distracted or lost in a description, either. I want to strike a happy medium so that I both reach my word count goals and have a descriptive piece, but not to be so wordy that I make poor Shelley fall asleep on her keyboard.
I'm sure we've all read work by verbose authors. Jane Austen comes to mind, as does Dickens, and even Tolkien. They're all descriptive writers, but I think it's how they do it that makes or breaks their books. I can't even get through a few pages of Austen's books without falling asleep, while Tolkien makes me hang on every word, envisioning Rivendell and Mordor in great detail. Dickens is somewhere in between - he loses me, but then I get sucked back into the story.
How about you? Do you tend more toward the wordy end of things? Or are you a short and sweet writer? Readers, which do you prefer to read?