Go from boring, to "can't take my eyes off it"

Go from boring, to "can't take my eyes off it"

A Lesson by Dragongirl
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How do you add description to a writer's block post?

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She walked down the street, seeing a man, she waved to him. 

This is a bad case of writer's block from me, well... made up.
Firstly, this doesn't make much sense. Who was "she"? Who was the man? Why did she wave to a stranger? Did she know him? Is the street filled with rainbows, or dark and depressing?

Add her name.

Jane walked down the street, seeing a man, she waved to him.

Alright, her name is Jane, good. 
Use some descriptive words for the street for now. No, only 1 or 2 words, we'll work on it.

Jane walked down the lonely street, seeing a man, she waved to him.

Lonely is a good describing word for a street. Not bustling with people, nor is it deserted. The man and Jane were there, weren't they?
Now, who is the man? I doubt Jane would wave to a strange man.

Jane walked down the lonely street, she saw her neighbour Brian and waved to him. 

Oh, okay. So they're neighbours? Good. 
But why was Jane walking down the street?

Jane walked down the lonely street- heading to the market to get food for her mother. She saw her neighbour Brian and waved to him.

There we go! 
Why is she getting food for her mother? How old is she?
Has she visited her mother, or is she too young to leave the house?

Jane walked down the lonely street- heading to the marker to get food for her sickly mother, Jane was 16, old enough to go around by herself. She saw her neighbour Brian and waved to him.

So the mother is sick? 
Good job! And she's 16, old enough to go around. I get it. Also, you put Jane was 16, instead of she was 16. Makes the reader think you are talking about Jane, not the mother.
Now to describing Brian.
How old is he? Where does he live, across or next to her? Is he nice, mean, what? 

Jane walked down the lonely street- heading to the market to get food for her sickly mother, Jane was 16, old enough to go around by herself. She saw her friendly neighbour Brian and waved to him. She smiled at him knowing his 60th birthday was coming up.

Good, you added another sentence and more description, but always know that leads to even more description. 
When was the birthday? A year later? A minute later? Was there a party? Who was invited?
Another important one:
Why was he friendly to her?

Jane walked down the lonely street- heading to the market to get food for her sickly mother. Jane was 16, old enough to go around by herself. She saw her friendly neighbour Brian and waved to him, she enjoyed doing chores for the senior daily, thats why he was always friendly to her. She smiled at him knowing his 60th birthday was coming up on the 6th of November. 

Jane does chores for him? Good, good! Thats why he is friendly. And he is a senior, because he is 60 I am guessing. 6th of November, very good! 
First thing before I ask more questions; look how far you have come.
She walked down the street, seeing a man, she waved to him. 
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Jane walked down the lonely street- heading to the market to get food for her sickly mother. Jane was 16, old enough to go around by herself. She saw her friendly neighbour Brian and waved to him, she enjoyred doing chores for the senior daily, thats why he was always friendly to her. She smiled at him knowing his 60th birthday was coming up on the 6th of November.

You have improved a lot on this; thats how you tackle Writer's Block. Think of simple questions.
Add more description to most words firstly. Mainly proper nouns.

Jane happily walked down the lonely street- heading to the market to get food such as fruit for her sickly mother. Jane was 16, old enough to go around by herself. She saw her friendly and happy neighbour Brian and waved joyfully at him, she enjoyed doing tiresome chores for the senior daily despite the work, thats why he was always friendly to her. She smiled sweetly at him knowing his 60th birthday was coming up on the 6th of November. Brian was having a party next to a peaceful lake. Celebrations would be thrown out, cheers, shouts, and presents! 
Jane laughed slightly at the thought and walked past him. 

Perfect! You've conquered writer's block with little questions, now you're ready to post the section!






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