Friday, December 01, 2006

Lesson: Exercise 5 - Details

Take a moment and write down a test for when color details are important or not in play. Also, when are they so important that they no longer act as simply details? When would the following be a color detail and not something more prominent, such as setting or situation? When would they be important or not?

The map of the world

The name of the barkeeper

The breed of a horse

The language commonly spoken

The identity of an ex

The laws of the land

A fight

A kiss

A gun on the mantelpiece

Do your written limits work? Or do you need to go back to an intuition for the different contexts? How much of it depends on earlier context and how much on social background? Are color details a fuzzy definition or can they be made definite? How about their importance in play?

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