A few years ago, I finished the first draft of Vitamin F and I started noticing things about people. There were little details everywhere, things I thought would be good to include in my writing. I was fascinated by all these little details, then I realized something shocking:
All the little details were clues, hinting toward something else. It’s never the same from one person to the next, but the little things can paint a more complete–and interesting–picture of who a person is.It seems a bit Holmesian, being able to pick apart details and learn things about people. Sure, I could list examples like how the grumpy woman chasing three kids through the bookstore is sexually unsatisfied since she’s buying a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. I could talk about the slight distance between two young women who walk in step and share slight glances with each other. I could talk about a lot of things.
The point is that there are a number of elements that shape human behavior, each one of them doing their part to shape a complete individual. It shouldn’t be hard to add these little brushes, simple things that solidify what a person thinks, feels and believes, even on a minute level. As a writer, I owe it to anyone who reads my work to emphasize the interactions and thoughts of each character, even if I only do it through small details.
Because any good detective will tell you that small details make the case.