Hemingway said: Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
I think details bring a story to life. They place us smack dab in the middle so that we can see and feel and smell and hear.
It's just not a stately mansion, but a stone estate with a circular driveway and a three-tier granite fountain with scalloped edges in front. (from WIP)
It's not a pretty girl but a girl with an hour-glass body and endless legs and mane of curly hair that falls softly down her back.
As an exercise, describe a character or a place from your WIP in comments.
I hope you a great writing week and that you use details to bring your writing to life.