Monday, June 18th, 2012

Creative Prompt: Attention to Detail

Stephanie

I was never much a fan of Sherlock Holmes (in print or on film) until the recent movies starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson.

My favorite of Holmes quirks is his ability to scan a room and see EVERYTHING. Every tiny detail is not only stored in his memory but also somehow inexplicably categorized and analyzed so it can be recalled in the precise order necessary to solve a crime.

The way the camera darts about from item to item mimicking Holmes line of sight makes me think about the way fiction writers must exercise their own powers of observation.

Your challenge: Sit with a tablet or journal for five minutes and do your best to write down everything that you see with as much detail as possible. Be sure to let me know if this exercise stirs up any creative juices!


10 thoughts on “Creative Prompt: Attention to Detail

  1. BBC series”Sherlock” was the best ever. Brilliant writing that contemporanious-ized the old original stories. Ripping.
    Waiting for the new TV season for “Elementary.” Who knows? Might be good.

  2. BBC series”Sherlock” was the best ever. Brilliant writing that contemporanious-ized the old original stories. Ripping.
    Waiting for the new TV season for “Elementary.” Who knows? Might be good.

  3. A. LOVE Sherlock Holmes and have since I was a kid. I do enjoy the RD/JL combo and interpretation as well as the recent Masterpiece Mystery series that updates the pair to the 21st century–Watson is a journalist and writes the adventures on a blog! You can watch them online.

    B. This is a great exercise! I do it regularly when I am out and about (glad you could use the picture in the airport! :) ) or need to rein in my focus…except, I call it the Nickle View–what comes into my 5 senses. At a given moment, what do I feel, hear, taste, see, smell…the pressure of the chair, the tops of the keys, the motorcycles passing, school-crossing whistles, etc.

  4. A. LOVE Sherlock Holmes and have since I was a kid. I do enjoy the RD/JL combo and interpretation as well as the recent Masterpiece Mystery series that updates the pair to the 21st century–Watson is a journalist and writes the adventures on a blog! You can watch them online.

    B. This is a great exercise! I do it regularly when I am out and about (glad you could use the picture in the airport! :) ) or need to rein in my focus…except, I call it the Nickle View–what comes into my 5 senses. At a given moment, what do I feel, hear, taste, see, smell…the pressure of the chair, the tops of the keys, the motorcycles passing, school-crossing whistles, etc.

  5. ditto Gino Pagnani’s comment on the BBC Sherlock Holmes TV series that starred the late Jeremy Brett.

    I love it when he throws himself onto the floor or ground to look for clues.

  6. ditto Gino Pagnani’s comment on the BBC Sherlock Holmes TV series that starred the late Jeremy Brett.

    I love it when he throws himself onto the floor or ground to look for clues.

  7. You should try watching the Sherlock Holmes TV series that starred the late Jeremy Brett. It was broadcast on various pbs stations a few years ago.

    Mr. Brett’s interpretation of S.H. was incredable !!

  8. You should try watching the Sherlock Holmes TV series that starred the late Jeremy Brett. It was broadcast on various pbs stations a few years ago.

    Mr. Brett’s interpretation of S.H. was incredable !!

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