1. Jon

    Good thoughts. At the same time, as someone who likes to keep everything tight in his stories, I worry about too much of this — X’s sleep habits, Y’s weird tics — defocusing the piece.

    • L.B. Gale

      Undoubtedly. I wouldn’t urge that each and every scene or chapter include all of these details. If you’re not careful, following any one of these suggestions can lead to lengthy digressions. The idea is that when you are including small details that aim to make your characters ‘pop’ go with the kind of detail that grounds them rather than the generic (“he snacked on pistachios” vs. “he sucked on a handful of pistachios and spit them out, preferring the salted shell to the meat of the nut.”).

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