Some Thoughts on developing your descriptions in your novels and short stories!
clarion call to all creative writers as you pull your readers into your
fictive dream. That’s the reason description is an art form.
simply a portrayal, in words, of something that can be perceived by the
senses. Each time you use a word or phrase to describe a person, a
setting or any other aspect of writing, it must be clear, concise and
straight to the point of the situation.
As a writer,
you are painting a word picture so the reader "sees" exactly what you
are describing. It vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a
way that the reader can visualize the topic and enter into the writer’s
experience or the fictive dream.
Descriptive Goals as you Write:
descriptions by using images with elaborate use of sensory language:
Sight, sound, taste, feel, etc. It must be vivid.
***Writer’s use figurative language such as simile, hyperbole, metaphor, symbolism and personification.
“Show, Don’t Tell” through the use of active Verbs and creative
adjectives. When a writer really wants to go in depth in a scene he will
use “show” and the mental movie rolls in the reader’s mind. When the
writer wants to get a quick point or speed up a scene he will use “tell”
in the scene.
Thoughts on Descriptive Writing:
• Make writing more concrete or vivid
• Add specific information
• Show sensory images
• Make comparisons
• Use dialogue
• Make writing more interesting
• Make characters come alive
Descriptive Writing Exercises:
Note: Keep a
Descriptive Journal where you keep all your writing exercises. This will
be a fantastic future reference to see your improvement as a writer.
1. Observe and then describe an event.
2. Walk outside your apartment or house and describe it in two ways:
a.Tell: Write a bare-bone version of the walk with few descriptions.
b.Show: Write a
full-blown description of your walk with many descriptions: Use
adjectives, descriptive phrases, metaphors, similes, etc.
c. Read each version out loud: You will see which version put the reader into the scene.
3.Reflect on a person or object that stands out in your memory. Write a description of the person/object.
photograph, for example, and then describe the person, setting with the
bare-bone approach and then the full-blown approach.Email me with an
example you created from one of these writing exercise.
Email me with Questions or comments: jethompsonnovels at hushmail.com