Explanation (Being specific rather than vague) Story Writing


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Explanation (Being specific rather than vague)

Here's something interesting: we are not wired to think in the abstract. We think in specific images. Concepts, generics, generalizations can't engage us emotionally. If we can't visualize it, we can't feel it. For something to really penetrate, it needs to be put into context that allows us to vicariously experience it. It's the difference between talking about life on the Mississippi or seeing it through the eyes of Huck Finn.

It may sound counterintuitive, but universal theme or emotion is only accessible through a very specific story that focuses on how it specifically affects one person. For instance, when you think of love, you don't envision a concept, you envision images that for you invoke the concept of love, which is why I'm overly fond of saying the story is in the specifics. Yet writers often write in vague generalities without even knowing they're doing it.

Take a simple sentence like Jake had a hard day at work. It's a fine sentence, except we ha...

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