If we allow ourselves to look at our memories and, instead of insignificant or unrelatable, think of them as a museum: an archive of moments that, regardless of size, have equal weight. This is where we find the poem."
If I've learned anything, it's this: your story is in the details. Everything you need to communicate with an audience is in the smallest bits of your work. This is because details are relatable. I may not know what it feels like to be a 50-year-old man living in Connecticut, but I can tell you what the beach looks like to me. I can tell you what it's like to wiggle my toes into layers of sand until they are cool and damp. I can tell you what drinking a hot chocolate on a cold day feels like, and you might know how that feels. You may not. But maybe you can at least imagine: warm ceramic and cold fingers... the sweet steam drifting upwards. Through specifics, we connect the world through little experiences. Breaching a huge divide (between cultures, personalities, and landscapes) is difficult, so you need to start somewhere.
During a particularly enlightening acting session, I was told to get really specific with the scene beforehand. Not with exactly how I was going to say things. After all, when has a planned conversation ever gone completely according to plan? I'll tell you, I have pretend conversations all the time. When I try to put them into the real world, I'm always stopped before I'm even halfway through my points. So in this scene, a birthday party I had planned was ruined. And... I sort of bombed it. The reason was because I was just expecting that the sense of loss was going to be felt by anyone who was there, and it wasn't specific enough or detailed enough to get that across. The direction, in this case, was to literally decorate the room and take down the decorations as I was doing the scene. Those specifics are tangible. Because everyone can connect to a lot of effort being fruitless, it worked.
Do you have anything in the works where you could include more specific details? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.