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How to Write: Week 19: Details: Sunday (Method)

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    Some say the Devils is in the details.  This is true, but what they forget is the Devil also brought illumination to the world; knowledge over ignorance.
    Details will ensure your audience knows exactly what you are saying.  Even if they have to read it multiple times to catch the nuances nested in the words.  We all ache for work that requires multiple viewings where the audience is always getting something new.
    Being specific and concrete will put the audience where they should be.  Providing details will give them options where they can go within the world of words you are creating.  Your pieces have potential to be a mosaic - a collage of a thousand aspects interwoven, not necessarily entangled, but certainly entwined.  The brain is a powerful processor and don’t let anyone tell you we only use 10% of it.  Sometimes you might feel like you are in a rut creatively, but when you break free of ruts you are running through your brain shoots more electricity through new portions - new wrinkles develop and you become that much more aware of details you are viewing or writing.
    Giving your audience the opportunity to grow their brain wrinkles is the best way to serve them.  If they feel like they have learned as well have been entertained you will have more ardent fans and repeat readers.
    At the same time, be detailed, but not extraneous.  Too much detail is given when what you are describing has no bearing on the situation/object/focus of your piece.  You don’t want to distract from the piece or the main purpose.  If it doesn’t matter, cut it.
    Details come in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual aspects.  Determining what is most vital is the key to proper conveyance of your creativity. 

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Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst by day and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press.

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