Stories don’t work without descriptions—the reader needs to experience what the character experiences.
The best way to write a great description is to close your eyes and envision the scene—lay out the scene in your mind before you write it
DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR CHARACTERS WOULD NOTICE—writing is an account of how people think—so be sure to think for your character
Use all the senses—seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing, and smelling
He saw the trees as he walked down the street – colors, swaying in the breeze etc.
He felt the rough bark on the tree or the cool shade of its branches
He tasted the apple from the tree
He heard the birds in the tree
He smelled the apple in his hand
- Have you provided enough details and descriptions so your readers can gain a complete and vivid perception?
- Have you left out any minor but key details?
- Have you used words that convey your emotion or perspective?
- Are there any unnecessary details in your description?
- Does each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description?
- Are your paragraphs ordered in the most effective way?
To be sure it is descriptive ask yourself:
- Does the story unfold in a way that helps the reader fully appreciate the subject? Do any paragraphs confuse more than describe?
- Does the word choice and language involve the five senses and convey emotion and meaning?
- Are there enough details to give the reader a complete picture?
- Has a connection been made between the description and its meaning to the writer? Will the reader be able to identify with the conclusion?
Do not put all your descriptions into a lump–spread them out into back stories and make descriptions part of the active story
But the most important rules of writing is: “Learn the rules and then break them!” Remember it is your story and it is yours to create.
What are you reading and writing this week?