December 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #90: Concrete Detail

Tip of the Week

Good writing, whatever the form or genre, depends on its use of concrete details and images. Your prose texture should be a weaving of minute detail that puts the reader in the EXACT moment you have in your own mind. These details will set your moment apart from others that might occur in fiction. For example, when speaking of love, offer details and images from the senses that indicate why your take on the subject is unique. Tell how you love your loverīs blue hair, or the way the birthmark on her hand resembles Richard Nixon in profile. Anything to create a real, original scene.

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