It's slow going, but I've been reading it bit by bit, working it out in my mind as I go. And I finally happened on Chapter 26: Small Stones. Note: I do not read or write in order. I just can't.
Small stones are little nuggets of specific observation jotted down during the day. The idea, as I understand it, is to keep aware of details throughout the day and hone the skill. Then use the skill in your writing.
To that end, I've been tweeting small stones - @suelder and using the hashtag #smallstones
Here are some examples:
- The whisper of rain on the trees.
- The scent of garlic and basil in my brother's kitchen.
- Spider webs sparkling with crystal raindrops in summer sun.
- Cotton clouds sailing through a deep blue sky.
- Deep forests, dripping with fog. / Insects calling in lust. / A fawn walks onto our front lawn, his tail twitching at flies.
What kinds of small stones do you see during your day?