Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Tiny Things

Don't forget about the tiny things that fill out your world.  I don't just mean the ants and the lice; the "tiny things" are all those little pieces of description that make your world come to life.

Sometimes describing just one specific thing can create new details.  Give one sword a unique history and readers will assume, if there isn't a reason for them not to, that many of the other weapons featured have unique histories too.  This builds up your world without having to waste a ton of description.

While the big over-arching elements of a story are very important, don't forget about the tiny things.


  1. I like this idea a lot. It helps a writer to steer clear of cliches, if they're paying attention to even the tiniest details.

    1. Thank you! I did resort to a cliché for this post though, haha. I was lazy and chose a sword as my example.

  2. You're so right! Tiny things, like details, can really bring a story to life.
    Carol at My Writer's Journal