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    Neil Olonoff at |

    As a sometime author of fiction myself, I’ve learned that despite the power of stripped-down fables, one of the strongest tools in the writer’s toolbox is the telling detail: the specificity of setting and ambience, the definition of character and voice. Good liars and writers know it’s the grounding of a story in a complex, believable reality that makes it believable. That’s why, when we strip all the context from after-action reviews or best practice accounts, we are removing all the vibrant detail from the story that makes it stick. And that’s a waste.

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