My last post reminded me of a writer’s skill I’ve developed, and am still developing, that has helped me write two books and see those two books published. I’ve learned to notice details, the smallest, most seemingly unimportant details.
For years, I’ve practiced noticing details. How? It’s simple. Let me explain.
1. Find a place to sit. It can be anywhere: a park bench, a church pew, a tree stump, a kitchen floor. Anywhere!
2. Look around. What do you see? Take note. Do you see grass, dirt, dust, webs, people?
3. Okay, now look deeper. Ask questions. Is it green grass? What shade of green? How does the grass move? Is it dry grass? Do the grass blades weave together? Do they touch each other at all. Ask!! Ask!! Ask!! That’s when you begin to notice the details.
4. Finally, make comparisons. Does the grass move like the ocean or ike a crowd of people waving goodbye? Present these comparisons in your writing. They will help your readers experience your story or poem rather than simply read it.
Here’s a challenge. Put your tablet down, close your computer, and look around. Notice the details surrounding you. And have fun looking!!! Ya might find some treasures.
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