what matters

Avoid the obvious – there are certain things readers already know – for example, that death causes grief.

Though it is true, and truly sad, it is also predictable.

Find the surprise in it, the unexpected moment that felt the opposite of what you thought it would.

When writing about something momentous, think small. Focus on specific details, isolated moments that become outsized because of their context.

This is how you make your writing matter to a stranger.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s