Six Tips for Writing Descriptions

I am still behind on my NaNoWriMo project. I’m at about 4500 words right now and I am starting to realize how difficult the time commitment is for me. I will have to start eliminating some of the time-wasters from my life for a while if I am going to make it.

Six Quick Tips for Writing Descriptions

  1. Close your eyes and try to recreate the image in your head.
  2. Remember that people have five senses. Don’t just rely on visual description.
  3. Adjectives should describe, not evaluate. Describing skin as smooth or tan is better than describing it as pretty or perfect.
  4. Don’t over-describe things. A description should enhance the story, not drag it to a stop.
  5. Don’t describe things that don’t matter. If you spend a paragraph discussing a minor character’s mustache-grooming ritual, it had better be important to your story.
  6. Draw your descriptions from real-life memories.

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2 thoughts on “Six Tips for Writing Descriptions

  1. Tall dark and handsome, he’s 54 and 5’9. His skin is of a walnute and soft. His hands are big and rough though has a soft touch. He smells of oil and spice. He wares blue jeans a white tea-shirt, tucked in, with a black belt. He is wearing loufers and black socks. His eyes are of a sea of blue, with crystals dancing in them. His hair is of a dark and light grey, the which is in a shape of a halo around his head. His head of an oval and his jaw line in rough with a roughly shaped beard.

    Is that what you are looking for? Or is it too much?

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