A – Z Challenge ~ D is for Details

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Details.  We notice them whether we realize it or not, when we drive, walk, talk, read and watch a movie.  One of the most important aspects of paying attention to detail is in writing.  Well, dismantling bombs may require quite a bit of attention to detail, but that isn’t my forte.

Writing is my forte, and I confess, I am not a writer that uses an entire page to describe a room.  If it pertains to my story and I need it known (because it propels the story forward) I let it be known.  Otherwise, I leave a lot to the reader’s imagination.  Is this good?  Is it bad?  I don’t know.

I guess that is why I had such a hard time writing my novel for NaNoWriMo.

Details are amazing!  When stumped on a scene or a flash fiction piece, I make sure I pay a little extra attention to people the next time I am out.  Every single one of my characters has a trait or quality from a real live human bean, er, being.

The next time you are out and about, look around the street you drive down or the mall you walk through.  Find someone and really give them a once over.  What are they wearing around their neck?  Does she only have one earring on?  Is his shoelace broken?  Does he smell like cigarettes, cologne or both? Make up a story about a car in the gas station that has a dent in the back-end.  Look closer:  are they teeth marks?

Are there times when you pay attention to detail more than others?


  1. Are they teeth marks? HA! Love it. Actually, I think there was a man who ate cars in that Blondie song ‘Rapture’…

  2. Darlene, I have the opposite problem–I fall in love with details. I could spend two pages on a room, lol! It’s finding the right amount, I think, to allow the reader exercise of his/her own imagination, without leaving them flailing for details.

    Great post!

    • Haha.. that’s awesome! I think I stay away from excessive detail because (like you said) I want the reader to use their imagination. 🙂

      Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

  3. This post struck a chord with me! I am rather like you, I prefer to leave a lot to the reader’s imagination. But I also understand (read as ‘been told by fellow writers several times!’) that details have their place in writing.
    Nice post!

  4. Since you weren’t showing on Triberr, I manually Tweeted you forward. 🙂

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