Descriptive Writing – Using the Senses

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When using descriptions in your creative writing, you want to show the reader what’s happening, not tell them. You want to pull the reader into the scene.

This can be a difficult process for writers. Bringing the senses into your writing can be tricky. Developing a balance between good narrative and straight description is hard, but over time you will get better.

Learning to use the senses in your writing and painting vivid pictures with words is something you must practice. A lot of this work is done in the editing process. When you’re writing your story, you don’t want to be bogged down in getting something exactly right. However, as you learn more about descriptive writing, it will come more natural in the first draft.

I originally designed this as a 7 week writing exercise workshop to cover all of the senses on a weekly basis. However, I’ve decided to add it as blog posts instead. The more practice you get, the better your writing will be. And to be honest, you can never get enough practice.

Think weekly practice is too much?

Ask yourself these questions:

Is your writing important to you?

Are you committed to your writing?

Do you want to be the best writer you can be and continually hone your skills?

Decide you are going to do this, to master descriptive writing, and make sure you plan time each week to work on the some exercises. It doesn’t have to be long, just a short paragraph or two, but it’s imperative that you do the work. Make the time each week to work on improving your writing.

You will love the improvements in your writing and yourself as a writer.

When starting out, I’m going to suggest that you go wild. You should even go overboard with your descriptions. Use new words and really get into the scene. Yes, too much description bogs a scene down. When you go overboard in your practice sessions, it will help ensure you have a good scene after you edit and cut out anything that isn’t necessary.

Remember, first draft is never final draft. 😉

Read all the posts under the descriptive writing category by clicking this link.

Happy Writing!


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