We all know the importance of details, how they can make or break a poem, essay, or story. But what details do you have the hardest time with? For me it’s colors. I’m completely colorblind. Colors are hard for me to write because I don’t have natural associations to work with, so I often end up with either stereotypes or weird associations. As an undergrad I wrote something where a female character had green eyes. My professor asked me why and I said because I thought green eyed women sounded seductive. My professor laughed. For a long time. Because of this difficulty when I do find a color reference that works well I tend to use it a lot.
So what kind of details get you hung up?
Ryan W. Bradley has pumped gas, changed oil, painted houses, swept the floor of a mechanic's shop, worked on a construction crew in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed an independent children's bookstore. He now works in marketing. His latest book is Nothing but the Dead and Dying, a collection of stories set in Alaska. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two sons.