Paying Attention to the Details

I’ve found that since I’ve started writing again, I’ve become more attuned to the world around me.  It really is incredible how many different ways there are to describe something.  The vividness of language can make a picture in a reader’s mind that can rival the most vivid portrait.  It’s my job as a writer to use the best language to make that picture come alive for a reader.

Here are some quotes from other writers that demonstrate this vividness:

“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”—Ray Bradbury

“It’s hard for us to open ourselves to rebuff….if you’re going to write and be published, you’ve got to expect to have a few arrows thrown at you.”—Madeleine L’Engle

“The writing life is a life lived with all the windows and doors opened….And rendering what one sees through those opened windows and doors in language is a way of bearing witness to the mystery of what it is to be alive in this world.”—Julia Alvarez

Can you see the pictures in your head? I can, especially with the last quote. It is a beautiful fall day here today, and I have all the windows and doors open to let the fresh air in.  Let the details come alive in whatever you are writing.

Until next time, be real!

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