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The Devil and Where He Lives, Part 1

Good thoughts on details in stories by author M.A. Ray.

Saga of Menyoral

“The devil is in the details.”

People say that all the time. They also say God is in the details, and I think both sayings are true. Regarding fiction, what I’d say is “Reality is in the details.”

Details make things feel real, feel true. Details about a character’s mannerisms make him or her come alive on the page; so can details like speech patterns or body language. But how do you know how much detail to include? Where’s the balance between, “Wow!” and “Oh, my God, who cares what his toenails are like?”

I’d like to say I have the perfect answer that will work in all cases, but I just don’t have one. Experience helps, and I mean experience as in reading. Read and find out how much you like, and how much you’d rather fill in, or have potential readers fill in for themselves. It’s a…

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Sarah lives in Oregon on a beautiful half-acre with her husband and children. She has a BA in English Language and Literature and has been writing off and on since she was young. When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book or laptop, she loves being out in nature, eating real food, and spending time with her amazing grandchildren. She is the author of the short story "Forbidden Child" in the Shades of Fear Anthology. www.smlowry.com

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