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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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2.2 Observation – the importance of detail

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Learning from other writers is important for every writer, not just those starting out. Each of us sees the world from a unique perspective and observing and describing every detail will give a fresh insight to your writing.

Activity 2.2 Michèle Roberts and Tim Pears on the importance of detail

Listen to Michèle Roberts and Tim Pears and make notes on the following points.

  • What do you think is the importance of detail to their storytelling?
  • What sort of detail are they talking of?
  • What effect does it have?
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