Being Specific: Susan Goldsmith Woolridge
Would you like to write
something that reaches a reader directly? Try Goldsmith's
exercise. Remember to go alone and not to forget your pen or
pencil and notebook.
"Walk somewhere alone. Listen. Write about
what's around you, using all of your senses. It's important to
narrow everything down, make it as specific as you can, down to
the tip of a blade of grass, or you'll leave the reader out. For
emotion to arise, writing has to be very specific—describing a
particular moment or experience in a particular place."
—Susan Goldsmith Woolridge,
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