Description: Be Specific!

Description: Be Specific!


 Be specific!

That’s the clarion call to all creative writers as you pull  your readers into your fictive dream. That’s the reason description is an art form.

Description is 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:

***Writer’s create descriptions byusing 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.

***Writer’s use “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-boneversion 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.

4.     Take aphotograph, 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:

Happy Writing!


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