The Drama Is In The Details (the humor, horror, and suspense are too)

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

For laughs, scares, tears, and thrills, nothing brings out emotions and draws in your readers like the little details.

Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy made a huge impression on me as a teenager. Its dry-but-absurd British sense of humor was just the thing I was looking for as a follow up to my Monty Python obsession. But for all the novel’s famous bits (42, the Infinite Improbability Drive, Marvin the depressed robot) and wacky sensibility, there was one word that was a comedic revelation for me. It’s a word I think about all the time when writing my own stories.

It’s the word “third,” which, I think we can all agree, is not a particularly funny word.

It appears in the first sentence of Chapter 7. Our …

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