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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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2.2.1 Heightening your observations

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Developing your powers of observation and including a high level of detail can affect your writing style – for the better.

  • Read back through the notes you have made so far and the character sketch you wrote in Developing a character from your notebook [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .
  • Now try to add to your notes and sketch, making your observations as detailed as possible. Think back to the person you observed and see if you can remember more precise details about that person.

This closer scrutiny and attention to detail might also spark ideas for a story.