Writing Can Be Murder

August 27, 2007

Forests and trees

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 3:30 pm

One day last week I went hiking instead of my usual marathon training walk (yeah, it sounds weird to say “usual marathon training walk”). Anyway, I went hiking at a State Park and while there I finally got the whole “can’t see the forest through the trees” thing.

 The path was so windy and the trees so thick, that I couldn’t see more than a few yards ahead of me, which got me to thinking about a current WIP I’m struggling with — one that I can’t see the story through the details.

I realized I’ve been so focused on getting the details right that I’ve lost sight of the story I want to tell.

I finally reached a clearing in the park and was able to get my bearings, I think I’ve reached a clearing in the writing process too.

 When you’re writing do you concentrate on the trees or the forest? And which are you more focused on as a reader?



  1. Good question. As a writer I’m more focosed on the forest at least with my first draft. The trees come later.

    If the story is engrossing then I don’t notice notice.

    Comment by Melissa — August 27, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  2. That’s a good point Melissa. If the story is engrossing I don’t notice the details as much, but if the story isn’t holding my attention I get caught up in the details.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — August 28, 2007 @ 8:16 am

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