Description creates a vivid picture for the reader, it allows them to open a gateway to your story and imagine themselves within your fictional world. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to go into detail about everything for every scene. It’s about conveying important information to the reader in strategic places.
Here are some ideas of practising describing :
Practice describing what you see outside of yourself
- Lie on the ground and watch the clouds in the sky. Find and describe cloud patterns that you see.
- Sit on a bench on a busy street or at a park. Describe on thing about each person who walks by you.
- Find things in nature, a leaf, a drop of water, a pet or other animal. Describe each thing in as much detail as you can.
- Describe as accurately as you can what a person has just said to you. Check to see if you are correct.
- Describe a person’s face when the person seems angry, afraid, or sad. Notice and describe the shape, movement, and placement of the forehead, eyebrows, and eyes; the lips and mouth; the cheeks; and so on.
- Describe what a person has done or is doing now. Be very specific. Avoid describing intentions or outcomes of the behaviour that you do not directly observe. Avoid judgmental language.
Come back tomorrow for more practice on describing.