Very insightful examples of the effect of detail in fiction. Do you slip details unconsciously or mull over its specific effect before penning it?
Apparently, at the microscopic level it is possible to see that print rests on top of the page. Similarly, I can read a whole chapter without ever quite getting absorbed by it. But this is what I hope for: the point when it becomes immaterial whether I am reading a book or a Kindle.
One of the ways in which writers achieve this is in their use of detail. In the discussion of character I quoted from Lisbeth Salander’s trip to Ikea. The full list of what she buys is, ‘Two Karlanda sofas with sand coloured upholstery, five Poang armchairs, two round side tables of clear lacquered birch, a Svansbo coffee table, and several Lack occasional tables.’ It would have been easier to tell us that she went to Ikea and bought some furniture, but it doesn’t engage in the same way, the list somehow adds to character and…
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