Most forms of writing involve description. A description of events, feelings and atmosphere. It’s important to realize that you don’t need pages and pages of descriptive writing. It’s about getting the reader to see what the author sees in as brief a space as possible. A great way to improve your descriptive writing skills is for you to describe a scene or an object, perhaps a vase of flowers. Awaken the reader’s senses by utilizing your own. Think in terms of shades, hues and shapes, rather than colors and numbers.
Word choices – can help make a story more interesting. Example; ‘The children had a great time at the zoo.’
How about: ‘The children shared a thrilling day at the zoo.’
Observation – Utilize all the senses. Think about what you can see, hear, smell, feel and taste.
Describing scenes – A good description should make a scene vivid to the reader. It needs to be clear, strong and believable. Consider the time and place of your story. Example; A deserted multi-story car park at night requires a completely different description from a busy multi-story car park during the daytime.
Describing people – If you are writing about a real person think about their life, history and background. Research is vital here. If you are writing about a fictional character, consider the following: What would this sort of person say? What would they do? And, what would they think?
Try to avoid a list-like approach when describing a character’s appearance. Focus on the face, or the build of the character. You don’t need to describe everything from head to toe. The primary objective of descriptive writing is to provide a clear picture of the place, people or thing in the reader’s mind. The writer provides enough details to evoke the reader's senses and the reader can feel all their senses working while reading any descriptive work.