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Creative Writing by Casey Clabough

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CHAPTER3

Dynamic Details

In This Chapter

  • Writing concrete details
  • Creating significant details
  • Judging the quality of your details
  • Ways to make your writing seem lifelike

As the cliché maintains, “The devil is in the details.” The right mix of them can be the difference between a scene nearly diabolical in how unforgettable it is and one that might be found in any number of hundreds of long-obscure, out-of-print books—bland, vague, forgotten.

Details ground the reader in a scene—in an era, a locale, a tone or feel. They create instant identifiers and evoke memories and feelings in the reader that then connect the reader to the narrative. One ...

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