Description: 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: email@example.com