Today is the day - the answer to how long winter is going to be. Will Mr. Ground Hog see his shadow or won't he? Fingers crossed everyone. It's a small thing I know but as a good ground hog knows you've got to pay attention to those shadows for if you don't you'll screw up weather prediction world wide! Maybe not such a small thing.
Like writing, if you don't pay attention to those little details the whole thing can fall apart. In fact yesterday I was told about a great travel story. A tour through India which came with a recommendation and a caveat - there was no mention of food! That fact left the story a little flat for the reader. Now maybe that's a bad example - for not to mention the food in India is not a small thing. When I travel, food is a major part of the experience. It's got to be mentioned. So a small thing to the author was obviously a big thing for others and there was a pall over the story as a result.
Small details paint the bigger picture, give you three dimensional characters and lush settings. It's something to remember as I wait with breath bated to see if that darn shadow appears - hopefully not!
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