Details

The devil is in the details. When you tell a story, you are creating a world within the imaginations of your audience. The best way to create worlds in people's minds is to share specific details with them to help fill out the pictures they're creating in their minds. The more detailed you can be, the better.

For instance, let's say you're telling a story about a cat.

"I bought a cat today."

Ask yourself, what kind of cat is it?

"I bought a Siamese cat today."

What kind of Siamese cat?

"I bought a black and silver Siamese cat today."

How would you describe the cat?

"I bought the most beautiful black and silver Siamese cat today."

See the difference details make? When you do this within your stories, you can paint vivid pictures in your audience's mind that will help them get sucked into the story you're telling.

Just be careful you don't get too wrapped up in details. After all, too much of a good thing can spoil what you're trying to create! For instance, you wouldn't want to say something like:

"I just paid $1200 at a pet store called "Cuddles" on 35th and Vine that took me an hour to drive to for the most beautiful, cute, and cuddly black and silver Siamese cat with long whiskers, yellow eyes, and flowing snow-tipped tail that I named Fluffy."

That falls under the category of "too much information." Just give people what they need to create the picture you want them to see. If they want more information, they'll ask you for it in the form of a question. That's where you can fill in more details.

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