Writing tip #14: Get the name of the dog.
Writing coach Roy Peter Clark recommends reporters dig for concrete, specific details that make the reader sit up and take note — so they can “see” the story. If you are up for the challenge, read a newspaper and identify passages that let you see the story. If you find something great, share the passage in a comment. Be sure and credit the publication and writer.
Steve Hendrix wrote this for The Washington Post.
After living the past seven years in this cabin the size of a hotel bathroom, the Crafton family seems in no hurry to clear out now. On a muggy, sun-drenched morning, all five of them — knees just touching, lives completely entwined– sit cheerfully in the sailboat that has been their home since they pulled away from this Severna Park dock in 2003.