Have you read any novels recently? Romance, suspense, historical fiction, or war stories, every genre has one thing in common – descriptive writing.
That’s what I love about novels, how the writer paints a vivid image of a character, situation, or scene, which makes the readers feel that they are a part of the story. They are not reading it, watching rather experiencing the story unfolding around them.
However, descriptive writing has another side to it as well. Whether it is fiction writing, speech writing, or report writing, you should know where and how to use descriptive sentences. Do it right, and you will hold the reader’s undivided interest and attention; get it wrong, and you will bore or confuse the readers enough to force them to leave your content in between.
So, how do you use description correctly? Before you start working on your next project, learn and understand these simple tips and tricks to effectively use descriptive writing.
- Avoid the obvious adjectives
One of the most common mistakes writers make is stating the obvious. For example, describing the sky like, “white fluffy clouds were spread in the blue sky.” Most often, when someone imagines clouds, they think of them as white and fluffy. Similarly, when someone thinks of the sky, they often picture it blue.
Avoiding the obvious adjectives will make your writing more effective while keeping it short and simple to understand.
- Use interesting words
Once you have filtered the unnecessary and obvious adjectives, you have space to use some creative and interesting words that will not only hold your reader’s attention but also surprise them with a situation or information different than what they have been imagining.
For example, we use adjectives like “stormy sky” to describe the weather or “volcano clouds” to describe the vivid scene of sunset.
Brainstorm words, find synonyms and use them in unique ways to keep your content interesting.
- Focus on sensory details
“Show, don’t tell,” advice that every successful writer follows is not limited to fiction writing. Adding sensory details that influence your readers’ senses – sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.
Adding sensory details to your content will bring your information to life, which will catch your readers’ attention.
- Think about who you are writing for
It might seem obvious, but thinking about your audience will help you get clarity about what kind of words and sentences you should use.
For example, if you are writing for managers, business owners, and entrepreneurs, your language should be professional, and using industry terms will make your content information-rich and trustworthy.
- Avoid over-description
When you consider creative writing, less is more. Try to be less descriptive. Only fill in your readers with enough details to let them know about the subject or situation you will be talking about.
Keep some things for your readers’ imagination to fill in.
Following these tips will make your writing more creative, descriptive, and effective.