The latest exercise in Chapter 3 of The Making of a Story is all about capturing the details called Render the Tree, Capture the Forest. By carefully choosing a few details, attempt to capture an entire place, a town, a city, a county.
Since I'm working on editing Eyes in the Ashes, figured my main
character driving through town would be perfect for this. During the
writing, quite a few new ideas sparked about the story so have to say
very helpful exercise.
In the early dawn light as the clouds pearled over the redwood trees,
the sheriff drove into town. He passed the bakery where Jacky usually
started baking around 4:00 a.m. His stomach grumbled as sourdough and
butter, cinnamon and blueberries competed with chicory and roasted
espresso beans. Danny waved, loading the truck for his early morning
deliveries down at the marina. All the windows along Main sparkled,
shiny and clean in time for the May Day parade and the beginning of the
fair. In a couple days, the str…