Today I’m going to talk about writing descriptions. When we write we need to bear in mind how people think. If you want your story to seem real you need to make the reader feel like it’s happening in real life even though it’s not. Your description needs to be detailed to make it like human experience.
The best way to write a description is to make it easy to understand and original. You want to make a connection with the reader and leave an impression on their mind. Sensory descriptions stimulate the brain. For example, the smell of a lemon. Avoid telling the reader what something looks like. Instead, tell them how it tastes or sounds. Tell the reader the details and how they affect the senses. For example, the smell of hot chips made his stomach grumble and he went to kiosk and bought some. His tongue burnt as he bit into one and made him thirsty.
Similarly, words describing motion stimulate the part of the brain that is responsible for co-ordinating body movements. You can do this by varying the rhythm of your writing. For example, if you want to add emphasis, shorten your sentence/s.
Close your eyes and try to envision each scene before you write it. Keep adjectives and adverbs to a minimum. Instead, try and find a verb to fit the image you’re thinking of.
The use of metaphors in writing is invaluable because it deconstructs a subjective event and recasts it into something familiar. Metaphors disguise comparisons as a statement and brings the subject into a new relationship which helps see the world from a different perspective. If metaphors are confusing or clichéd, they can ruin your writing.
Always try to describe something in a way no other writer has ever described it before. It’s not easy I know. Avoid descriptions such as ‘good’ ‘awesome’, or ‘beautiful’. These everyday figures of speech are so familiar that the reader will become bored and skip over them.
Get to the point
Don’t overwrite. The reader doesn’t want to get lost in a whole lot of unnecessary details. If you want to add emphasis to something put it at the end of the sentence. Don’t get it lost in the middle. Read your description out loud and ask yourself: Is this description really needed? Can I simplify it? Close your eyes and play the scene over again in your head. Work out what needs to stay and what you can delete.