Abstract and Concrete



As writers we want to keep an eye out for the small things, like a wing lying on an overgrown woodland path. The details matter because they will help to draw your reader in by connecting your abstract idea, like what it means to be noticed, with a concrete idea, which might in many ways symbolize the notion. As you write, think of those abstract ideas, esoteric things you can’t physically touch, smell, hear, see, or taste, and pair them with the concrete, a person, place or thing to keep your reader’s feet on the ground, so to speak. Doing so will allow the abstract and the concrete to work in tandem, like a pair of wings to help your story take flight.