To be brief, or not to be brief

As regular readers will know, I have been posting my work in progress, Where There’s A Will, on Wattpad; I’ve been doing so to get people interested in my work prior to the book being released on Kindle, and also to get some feedback so I can make the book as good as it can be.

Advice has been limited, and I understand that it can be hard to get comments, but what I have been told is that my book is overwritten. Objectively I can see they are right, and I have been working on that issue with my current draft, but now I’m worrying that I am going too far and cutting more than just the padding, and in the process perhaps losing some of what makes people like my writing.

What occurred to me today is that Wattpad is largely populated by teens, while my target audience is older, 20+, and that perhaps I’m adapting my style of writing to suit a group of people who aren’t likely to either buy or read my books. Teens seem to want books that are shorter and more to the point, while I think adults prefer, or at least are more willing to read, books that are more descriptive.

Let me know in the comments what you think; do you like a stripped back book that is little more than plot, or do you like to see descriptive writing with a decent level of scene setting.