Who is on the plum tree?
Another stunning editorial piece from the pen of Shawn MacKenzie. As a writer, I know I can’t afford to miss these posts. Many thanks Shawn for your brilliance.
Deviling the Details
Those of you who visited the Editor’s Corner last week will likely think I am working in a backasswards fashion. Given that I am never quite sure what I will tackle until I set fingers atyping, I am actually surprised this doesn’t happen on a regular basis.
Be that as it may, last week I spoke about going macro and reclaiming your Big Picture. Today, I want to turn the telescope around and talk micro: the realm of detail and what particular details tell the reader. A character can have breakfast, sure. But a breakfast of corn flakes and black coffee says something very different than eggs benedict and fresh pomegranate juice. A simple suburban house tells us far less about its occupants than a Cape Cod on a corner lot with a thriving vegetable garden around back. John Cheever would certainly never settle for the former!…
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