Details

The bane of my existence.
I’m really good at coming up with a story, and really good at writing it. But then I re-read it and realize that it could be so much better if I just knew how to add detail. And it’s not even the big things. It’s the little things that I read in other people’s books and love, but can’t figure out how to utilize in mine.
Take the first few pages of Poison Study. She describes where the main character is and what she’s going through so well that you feel like you’re there, you feel like you, yourself, are being led to the gallows to die. It’s amazing.
I’ve come to figure out that I’m really bad at “showing” and not “telling”. And I know that it’s something that comes with practice. Sometimes I feel like I do a really good job, and then I read over it and think “that’s not nearly as good as I thought it was”.
Does anyone else have this problem?
Does anyone have suggestions on how to fix it?


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