I meet twice a month with other writers. We read each others’ work and critique it. It works because we’re good at knowing what we don’t like about each other’s projects and figuring out ways to tell each other what we don’t like about each other’s projects without (usually) ending up in fist fights or inconsolable crying.
One particularly good piece of feedback I got was from my buddy Moon. It went something like this:
I feel like your writing is like a movie shot entirely in close-ups. It’s good, but it’s exhausting. I wish you’d include more wide-angle shots.
So, I’m thinking about that comment today during me and Goose’s walk. And I think about what I notice in my environment while I walk. And mostly it’s stuff like this:
But then I try to think about noticing stuff that I don’t usually notice. And I guess that’d be stuff like this:
I don’t know. That second picture is boring to me. And that first picture is just so damn interesting.