2.14.2013

all the small things...

a weekly blog hop where writers share their inspiration.


"it has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."
~arthur conan doyle
it's valentine's day. but i'm not going to talk about that. i mean, the idea is nice - taking a day to pamper and dote on those you love. though, it really is the little things that inspire...
...a flick of an eyelash, the soft breath of a sleeping child, a sideways glance, the leaves changing color, a breeze, a giggle, an embrace, the fragile smell of wool...

these are the things that truly inspire. especially when you're caught off guard...

...a wild fox stopping to stare as you pass by on a morning walk. or a bee in the grocery store sitting idle next to a picture of a bee on a box of protein bars as if to mock it. (both things i've experienced). a song or photo or scent that suddenly pulls emotion from you. i could go on...

these are the details that make for real and honest moments in a story and the parts i love writing most. don't get me wrong, the huge, mind-blowing scenes are fun too, but what's relateable, surprising even, are when those small snippets of life are woven in like thin golden strands of truth.
what are your favorite unexpected moments or details from books you've read? or scenes from real life that have caught you...made you stop and reflect?


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13 comments:

  1. I'd love to hear how the tsunami ended up in your work. And I agree that small "real" things are essential parts of any kind of world-building.

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    1. well the tsunami didn't, that's the funny thing. BUT it did get my mind reeling and ended up as an island nation created by a great flood.

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  2. I love those little things that make you happy to be present in the moment or even bring you more fully into it.

    Soooo, little things...baby belly laughs, the sound of water on rocks, sunlight highlighting the delicate veining of a leaf or petal, the scent of the first violets pushing upward as soon as the snow melts. I could go on forever, but I'll stop. :) Great post!

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    1. seriously, once you get going it's hard to stop! thanks for reading :)

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  3. I love the birds on the wire. What fun!

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    1. thanks mia. check that photographer out - she's amazing!

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  4. What a pretty post! I love the small things too.
    Oh-- and I've nominated you for a blogging award on my blog. Please accept my simultanious apology and compliment.
    ~Just Jill

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    1. thanks jill and thanks for the nom! i'll check it out and get to it asap-i'm still behind on another :/

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  5. Lovely post! I'm much less of a doer than I am a watcher, because I'm always taking in all the little things.

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    1. Thanks Michaele and yeah, I can relate ;)

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  6. Ah I love the smell of wool... reminds me of my childhood and my grandparents. The smell of rain, clouds, light on water, catching a glance, great belly laughs that go on and on - far longer than the thing was funny.

    It is fun to think of them - this really is a lovely post!

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    1. Love all of those too...

      Thanks for reading Raewyn :)

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  7. For better or for worse, I'm a sucker for eyes, and the amount of detail that they can tell you about what someone's feeling. So I'm very unapologetic that my work is filled with eyes bulging, glinting, winking, glowing — and even squinting now and then. It's a little thing that can tell you a whole lot!

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