Let’s say you were writing a book about Texas or New Mexico or one of those hot desert states in the southwest. Well, let’s stop right there and say neither Texas nor New Mexico is all hot and desert-y. But I digress.
You’re writing a scene set in a hot part of Texas, which, admittedly, is most of the state. The sun is rising. Your character is looking into the sun over the tops of cacti and succulents.
What does your character see? Envision it in your head. Does he see a prickly pear cactus, hundreds of needles sticking up like a green porcupine? Does she see a tall succulent, almost the size of a tree? What is its trunk like? Smooth, criss-crossed? Does it have leaves like a palm tree? Or spine needles like a cactus?
In a way, all of this is a trick. If your character is looking into the sun, he’s not gonna be able to see much detail of anything. Here is the view I have from my office window each morning as the sun rises.
On the other hand, it’s not a trick at all. It’s a reminder that the details are important. Even if the main detail is the lack of details in what the character can see.
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