I’m not going to lie, I was supposed to write this earlier today, but I’m glad I didn’t. I was sidetracked in some personal drama that brought up the phrase too big to fail. No, I’m not talking about bailing out Wall Street banks, though I think the movie was excellent. But, think about the phrase “too big to fail.” I’ve been meditating on it all day.
What can be too big to fail? Countries? Certainly. Companies, certainly not. Humans? Relationships?
Life as a writer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (If you’ve seen the memes you know this.) There’s the agony of having stories inside of you and the inability to get them out of you fast enough. There’s the questioning of a blank page as it stares up at you, daring you to actually fill it with your own thoughts and words. There’s the procrastination as you do everything else on the planet other than sit down and write. These are all familiar and well documented. However, I want to notes another effect of living this writer lifestyle: Taking in the details.
We all learned this in elementary school, you have five senses: sight, smell, taste, feel and hear. In your writing, as you are building a scene and trying to get that reader into the moment, you want to appeal to all five of these senses whenever possible and in vivid detail. For example, don’t just tell me that the strawberry tasted sweet, tell me that biting into the strawberry was like an explosion of flavor, causing you to salivate and want more!
As it’s election day here in Pennsylvania, I’m going to provide an example based on my experiences at the polls! (PSA: Get out and vote!) Bonus: This gives me an excuse to repurpose the annual election day selfie I’m always good for.