Words like voice, pacing, characters, plot, and conflict get thrown around a lot in writing, much like cinnamon is a common go-to spice. Keeping readers engaged in our story through action is a way of shaking spice into our writing. But what adds subtle and interesting flavors to it? What techniques do we employ to ensure our writing has a little bit of nutmeg?
To me, nutmeg means a delicious way of writing that makes a story stand out from others, little quirks that make a reader giggle even in a serious scene, or twisting a storyline in an unforeseen manner. These name only a few sprinklings of nutmeg; there are endless other ways to nutmeg our writing. And something just as important as adding nutmeg is making sure we don't overuse the nutmeg. That, like too much of any spice, ruins the entire recipe.
So tell me, how do you sprinkle nutmeg into your stories while at the same time making sure not to add too much?