Tuesday, 5 April 2011

D is for Details


Close up of spider's web
Photo by Sylvia Duckworth (cc)

A spiders web begins with a frame. It works, creating the structure as it goes along, but it knows what will strengthen it is the detail.

It travels round and round. Spinning it's thread into the image it needs, but knowing the truth can't be seen until the end.

But it still works. detail after detail. If it falters, it doesn't give up. It rests and returns to work.

We spin our story in the knowledge that it could fall apart at any moment, but we work. We push on with the fine thread of our plot, layering it with the detail we need. Until the day we step back and (hopefully) reveal something beautiful.

The structure holds it together, but it's all in the details that catch the reader in our story webs.

9 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

What a beautiful analogy! I'm going to remember this forever!

Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomporph

Talli Roland said...

Exactly! Love this analogy, and I love adding in details, too.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Love this post. Perfect analogy!

Laura Marcella said...

This is a lovely analogy! Spider's webs are beautiful creations. When the weather gets warmer, a big spider (well, big to me, lol) spins a web outside my bathroom window. It's fascinating watching her work!

joss said...

what an awesome analogy, thats so beautiful.

Cricket McRae said...

Lovely post! And one I needed to read right before hitting the keyboard for the day. Thanks.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Ooh, pretty analogy! This is exactly what I'm struggling with right now in my revisions. Adding the right amount of detail in the right way. It really is an art as delicate as web-weaving. :)

Mary Vaughn said...

Great analogy!

Laura Pauling said...

Perfect. With description and details our story is dead in the water. I love this.