Voice Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Details

The second aspect of voice in fiction is detail. Detail means the description of an individual feature, fact, or item. Details are part of painting the fictional world. Without them, it’s difficult for readers to imagine the story you’re telling.

When you write a story, you are writing from the perspective of a character. Again, you are not writing from your own perspective (mostly). What details you choose to reveal as part of setting or description will say a lot about your character’s perception. An adult might notice the ornate brass railing in an old ice cream shop, but a teen might notice that Sally Davis, the popular girl, is sitting at a table in the corner eating a triple hot fudge sundae.

It’s the details that help bring a character to life.
Take for example, this sentence:

“Whenever he was so fortunate as to have near…

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