Being specific

I was thinking about writing a post on why it’s always better to be specific in your writing, when the fabulous JK Rowling spoke to me this morning. Okay, it was actually Jim Dale narrating the audio version of Rowling’s Chamber of Secrets, but you get my point.

Rowling is a master of many things, one of which is detail. While listening to her audio book, I heard one line that exemplified why this is true. While some writers would be tempted to write something like:

Mr Malfoy had been hit by a book.

Rowling writes:

Mr. Malfoy had been hit in the eye by an Encyclopedia of Toadstools.

Once again, I bow to Ms. Rowling.

Category: On Writing