Alice’s Restaurant

January 25, 2007

Don’t Sweat The Little Stuff

Filed under: Writing Technique — aliceaudrey @ 1:49 am

Yesterday I gave examples of why details are important in writing fiction.  This week I tell you not to worry about them.  What?  Make up my mind?  Paradoxically, I believe both are true because of two things.

1]  Details are easy to layer in and can be layered in at any point in the writing process without creating huge problems for a story.

2]  Too much concern over details at the wrong points in the writing process can cause writer’s block.

Admittedly some details are too important to let slide.  How the hero gets the heroine off the roof of a burning building when she’s afraid of heights and hugging a chimney, for example.  Other details are best to deal with fairly early on because they are going to come up over and over.  What color the heroine’s eyes are, for example.  But for the most part, details can wait.

It is far more important to get the heart of the story down.  You can use details to make the heart beat afterward.


1 Comment »

  1. First you tell us to mess with detail, then you tell us not to. Make up your mind.

    Comment by CLB — January 30, 2007 @ 11:19 am

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