Prescription for Description
By Nancy Ann
One of the best ways to keep a reader entertained is to provide good descriptions in your scenes. Exercising your descriptive skills can be easy and fun!
Let’s say that your setting takes place in a busy mall. First, write down five things that come to mind and that apply to the senses which you think would be obvious in the mall. Here are the first five that I came up with:
The overall drone of people talking.
People rushing and scurrying around each other.
Teenagers laughing and goofing around.
Shoppers carrying their bags.
The next time you go to a busy mall, sit down and look, listen, and smell. You’ll be sure to come up with a long list in a short amount of time! The clicking of high heels and the clumping of large boots will distinguish themselves from one another. You’ll notice many different things that are common yet they are not the first thing that comes to mind. Things such as the aromas from the food court, a lady in a wheel chair, or a man looking bored as he patiently waits for his wife as she flips through garments on a clothes rack.
Your reader will relate to it and appreciate the fact that you took your descriptions just one step further than the mundane and obvious.
I encourage you to hone your skill to explain and describe scenes to your readers by going to the park, the football game, the grocery store, wherever it may be, and write down all that you see, smell, touch, hear, and taste!