I recently watched Jon Stewart’s interview with Oscar Isaac, the star of Inside Llweyn Davis.
Stewart asked Isaac what it is that makes up the genius of the Coen Brothers, and I loved his answer:
“Their instincts always take them to the choice with the most history in it.”
Take the choice with the most history in it. This could be a mantra for writing. If you focused on the writing of each sentence, each paragraph, with this in mind, you’d be well on your way to writing a compelling story of great depth and detail.