I want to talk very briefly about attention to detail. Not detail in writing or editing, but in life. Looking out for the unexpected in familiar surroundings. This is how stories are built.
Narrative comes from life taking a turn. It’s about starting down that same old path only to discover it became overgrown and impassable in the middle of the night. The best stories aren’t about the little girl who went to school, did her homework, and quietly went to bed. They are stories about little girl who went to school and met an alien on the way.
This post isn’t about inspiration. That’s easy. It’s about believing that the mundane can become unmundane. That the extraordinary exists. Once you believe this, you can overcome one of the biggest writing obstacles — a fear that your writing isn’t believable.
What has brought me to write this post? Over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen some amazing things in unamazing places. Just by paying attention, I’ve seen the fantastic. And, the fantastic is what writing is all about.
I have seen…