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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Noticing the Details

Observation is one of the most important aspects of writing. An author must notice details for inspiration and to convincingly depict a story. To become a good observer requires only a few simple skills but ones that take practice and attention.

1) One must slow down. In our hectic world, this is much easier said than done. However, if you’re racing from one thing to another or constantly thinking about what lies ahead, slowing down and sinking into the present becomes extremely difficult. So take a breath, slow down, and be in the moment. Let the rest of the world go.

2) Experience through your senses, all five of them plus that little part of you that notices things you can’t explain. Let texture, scents, sounds, and taste fill your observations, not just sights. If it helps, try focusing on one sense at a time. This exercise can help slow you down and let you appreciate the moment.

Today, I challenge you to take a few minutes and try slowing down and sinking into the full sensory experience of a moment. See what it does for you. Share what you notice.

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