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The Flip Side of Specificity

On numbers in fictional prose

The mayor, spotted at the opera. Photo by on Unsplash.

Be specific is solid advice to give to a fiction writer. I don’t feel very connected to a character who lives in “the city.” Not as much as I do when they live in Chicago or Astoria, Queens. And how marvelous when a surgeon drives a green Aston Martin DB4 to the hospital at dawn instead of “his English car.”




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Benjamin Obler

Benjamin Obler

Instructor at @GothamWriters, NYC. Ed.-in-Chief of, where fiction is the focus and inspiration is the goal. #Javascotia @PenguinBooks

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