October 4th, 2008

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[writing] the importance of Real Details

One of the big points in the talks at the Lincoln City Workshop was the importance of using "real details". Nearly everyone at the workshop got hit with this point - your details are generic "fake details", not specific "real details". And it's the specific that pulls a reader farther into a story, shows the story through the narrator's eyes, and gives a sense of the character of the narrator.

It's the difference between "the rug" and "the frayed Middle Eastern rug with a faded black and red diamond patter"; it's the difference between "the tree" and "the tall pine, a hundred feet if not more, full of summer green".

Kristine Kathryn Rusch posted, on her blog, an essay she wrote about the difference between "real details" and "fake details" with examples (much better than my poor examples above). Highly recommended reading, available on her blog.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 12:46 back from E soccer game (they lost 0-1), watchin' Stanford football v Notre Dame, readin' the paper, hangin' out, relaxin'. You betcha! #
  • 13:02 Daily show bailout. Funny! via mary kowal: tinyurl.com/4ay2qe@k-to-the-poor-house #
  • 13:35 had a hamburger for lunch today. first hamburger in probably 10 (?) years (not a red meat fan). My stomach is now kind of ugggggh #
  • 13:36 when I arrived the game was 7-0 ND. Now it's halftime and 21-7 ND. This is the Stanford football *I* know (3 turnovers). #
  • 14:17 Now it's 28-7 ND and ND just got an interception. As C said: "It's Stanford football at its Stanford-est" #
  • 14:44 Stanford TD! Now it's 28-21 ND. "Do more stuff like that, Do more stuff like that!" (cheer) #
  • 15:24 final score 28-21 ND. didn't quite make it. #
  • 22:15 back from play and concert in part. play was rather good and entertaining, concert was fun, like a big frat party with kids. #
  • 22:16 wondering why william bennett isn't decrying sarah palin's lack of intellectual fortitude. because he's a fraking conservative hypocrite #
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