Category Archives: use of detail in fiction

Back To Details: Naming The Wilderness

One thing I’ve learned is that most of us are passionate about a couple of things and how much those interests emerge as defining parts of our identities.  I don’t know exactly when I fell in love with being able to identify, for example, the wildflowers that right now have turned the forest floor into… Continue Reading

Blame The Weather

To those readers in winter-affected areas:  is the weather making everything feel like extra work to you?  It is to me.  Just getting dressed is a shivering labor involving long underwear under my jeans, a fleece over my shirt, wool socks as thick as my thumb. Preparing to actually leave the house, say to walk Hannah? … Continue Reading

Gleaning More….Details

     Let’s go back to the slushy dark afternoon of my first post.  Remember how I played sleuth and trailed the SUV?  Already the painting on the back window had generated the makings of a plot.  But a bit of tailgating yielded extra details: the birth date was Dec. 31, 2001, and the date of death… Continue Reading

It’s All In The Details

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” (Henry Miller) We have slogged through the winter solstice. Long fingers of twilight still reach up and take early hold of the afternoon of a sleety, biting day. Gray slush blends the… Continue Reading

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