Details

 

Details make a story much more pleasant: colours, gestures, spontaneous utterances are more effective than a lot of general considerations. Look for names, faces, voices, words. So, what colour were that girl’s eyes? Was that a man’s or a woman’s bicycle, was it old or new? What song was the bus driver singing? Don’t just say “bunch of flowers”: what kind of flowers were they? And those children that were playing, what game was it? Every detail is a world in itself, every light shines in the mind of the reader; because they recall your memories, what you smelt, what you felt. Keep this in mind but don’t overdo it or you might weigh down your writing with useless frills or irritating displays of knowledge.

Claudio Visentin e Guido Bosticco

 

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