I really am. I want the story. I want to love the characters right away. I want to be surprised by the turn of events, and awed by the ending. I want to close the book wishing for more. I will skim the boring parts of any story, especially if a character spends three pages tying a rope to a boat, or building a fire -blah, blah, blah.
This constrasts with the way I write, which is slow and cautious, thinking about details of movement, setting, gesture, consequence even in the first draft. When a character needs to tie a boat or build a fire, I will spend an hour -or three- online, happily researching ropes and boats and the ways of building fires (for example).
This is not mere work avoidance. Well, okay, it IS that, but it's not ONLY that. There's a compulsive need to get the details right, even if I -the writer- am the only one who really cares. Yet I'm aware (even based on my own reading habits) that it's a fatal mistake to bore a reader.
Writer Elmore Leonard famously said that while writing, he always tries to "leave out the parts that people skip."
I'd be interested in hearing the points of view of writers and readers alike. Where do you locate the line between necessary story elements and unnecessary, uninteresting detail? Do you skim certain types of detail when you read? And do you include these same kinds of detail when writing?