The elephant in the room

“The primary things you must do is encourage your reader to think about your situation in such detail that she can’t help but keep thinking about it. This is what compelling, picturesque, and vivid details are for.

Each detail is an insertion into your reader’s inner life—a splinter, a thumb tack, a grain of sand, a drop of oil that spreads upon the waters, a bud that blossoms into a silken fragrant lily, an elephant in the living room.”
Jane Smiley


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