I’m just pulling from yesterday’s long blog post. These are the practice options I posted there.
If you’re like me and struggle with description try a few description practices.
- Sit down and write out everything as if you are creating the scene you are in. Set a timer and write. Try it a few times restarting the timer and using a new page. The more you practice the easier it’ll come.
- Take a picture book. Use the words on the page, but add in whatever the picture contains. Expand the short sentences into something longer.
- Create a daily description journal. Use adjectives and adverbs to describe your day. Every day put a few description words next to the date. Expand if necessary, move on.
- Imagine your favorite task (or one you know well) and write it from memory. Get all the reasons out why this is your favorite or well known task.
- Pick one sense and start writing up sentences to describe a scene. Don’t just use sight, sound, and smell. Those are the big three when describing, they aren’t the only ones. Try: spatial orientation, touch, body position (proprioception), pain (nociception), pressure, temperature, vibration, or texture. There’s more out there. Imagine you could only gain insight to the item in a black box through one sense. Pick an item and try to describe it well enough someone will know it.
- Don’t rely on color. Color can be used, but it is not the only description. Try creating a scene you can see and not mention any of the colors. Can you make it sound of high quality?
These are only a few options to help you understand how to write description through practice.