Writing Fiction: Details, Details

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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✎ NaNoWriMo Special: Have You Ever…? #1

Happy Post-Halloween, everyone! The witches and pumpkins have flown off and now a bigger scare lands on our doorstep. It starts with N and rhymes with ‘spew out 50-asfhjksvdsdwords’. Which means it’s time to spice things up around here.

Every day of November I’m going to pose a question to you writers. Just for fun. You might like to spend two seconds pondering it; you could even share your thoughts in the comments or use them as a prompt for your writing. Do whatever you like. I certainly will. Shall we hit off?

Have you ever given your antagonist a family?

♫ Boyce Avenue – One Life (100% proceeds to charity!)

What’s better than good music? Good music for a good cause! Boyce Avenue has done the amazing deed of recording an awesome song, with 100% of all proceeds going towards charity. Pencils of Promise is a charity that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to education. Mark your calendars the drop of the single on 29 October and let’s help Boyce Avenue and Pencils of Promise build a school!

Slow Hopping

It’s pretty obvious that Plotting Bunnies has gotten quieter in the last month. Those weekly posts I promised aren’t so weekly anymore. So the first thing I’m going to do is apologise for the absence! Next thing I’m going to do is present my excuses.

1) I got a casual job! So thrilled about that. I work 2-3 days in a retail store with some kickass coworkers and love every bit of it. Double love for the money :P

2) I’m spiraling down into exam period in a couple of weeks. In fact, I did my last two assignments the night before they were due. One word to describe how I feel about end of semester exams? Pretty screwed… wait, that was two words.

3) I started driving lessons! Yes, yes, I know. Turning twenty next month and only starting to get serious about driving. Trust me, it was for the greater good. But I love driving, no matter how many heart attacks I give my passengers.

So yeah! I’ve been so busy lately with not much time to myself. I haven’t worked on my novel all month – but I have been thinking deeply about it! It actually helps to have more time to think about it. Sometimes the story just isn’t ready to be told. When it is, we’ll know.

It’s been busy but I still love writing and I still love sharing that love with you guys. There’s so much backlog of cool stuff I want to post! While it may be quiet around here, I’m still here! Still reading all the comments, still forgetting to reply and still mentally composing blog posts that have traffic-jammed themselves at my fingers. Things will pick up after exams, pinky promise.

Happy writing!

P.S. Having a job makes your savings look 7x handsomer :P

P.P.S. I’m super excited because I just commissioned an artist to draw one of my characters! Can’t wait to see the final result!

✎ Writing prompts (Week 18)


They asked her which planet she wanted to live on next.




“Did you hear what they’re saying about the old post office?”


It was the last thing he wanted to see.


One of your characters is handmaking a gift for another character. What are they making, why and do they end up giving them the present?



2013 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Calendar

An essential calendar for your scary venture into NaNoWriMo 2013! Generously made by Melora Johnson, this sweet calendar has quotes, reminders and the good old daily word count. Who wouldn’t love to have this on their wall?

Melora Johnson's Muse

Here it is folks – a calendar of quotes and inspiration with your daily word count goals for NaNoWriMo.  We’ve still got a month and a half so start day dreaming about what you want to write now!

I’m going to attach the calendar full size but you will probably have to click on it to really see the image clearly.


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