Concrete versus abstract description (tip 30) Reply

Concrete description is sensory description; it is the stuff we can touch, see, smell, hear, and taste. Abstract descriptions have no weight or texture. They are ideas, conditions, qualities, abstractions that float around in the ether. When and how should writers use these different types of description?

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Concentrate on the quieter human eddy Reply

If you’re struggling to write the big dramatic moments – the battles and deaths and marriages – maybe you need to approach them from a distance and focus instead on the quieter moments. To borrow a phrase from Richard Ford, maybe you need to ‘concentrate on the quieter human eddy.’

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