The world is not ending.
To describe everything is to supply a photograph in words; to indicate the points which seem the most vivid and important to you, the writer, is to allow the reader to flesh out your sketch into a portrait. The next time you look at a picture, think about the details — about the colors, textures, background, weather, positioning of people, their expressions — and use these intrinsic details to portray an image using words.
With the details, the reader will have the tools to fully experience the story being told to them. Using sensory details helps to create a vivid experience for the reader. When writing, try to view your scene using all of your senses. In your final draft, you may not include a detail from every sense, but your writing will benefit because you have fully felt and fully digested your story.
I write from a sensory place. I feel every aspect of my story. I also observe using all of my senses. A great way to train yourself to pay attention to detail is to people-watch in a populated, diverse environment.
Think about the environment: What do you hear? What do you smell?
How did you feel sitting there? What mood was created? All of these details will make your writing explode.
Imagery is the key that unlocks the story for the reader. Most writers will stop here, a bit confused, and ponder, what is my character seeing? At this point, I want to remind writers that when a person sits down with their piece of writing, there cannot be pictures or links to other content; the reader only has what the writer describes to them.
Next, write what you drew, including ALL sensory details. I want a visceral experience; I want to know what the character sees, touches, smells, hears, and tastes.
Avoid the passive voice. This technique assists the reader in making a connection with the real world. Metaphors and similes are strong literary techniques, but new writers tend to fall into comparisons that are overused. When making a comparison, be original or avoid the technique all together.Reading books is one of the best educations I can give myself, and writing books and sharing them is one of the best things we can give to people.
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