Description. When it comes to a story, it can immerse a reader, giving them the sights, sounds, and smells of the world you’ve created. From modern cityscapes to medieval villages, describing what you want the reader to see can have a significant impact.
But let’s start smaller than a city or village. Let’s start with something simple: an object.
Pick an object, any object. It can be something on your desk or table, something in the room; pick something out.
Examine it. Really get to know this object. If you can hold it, like a coffee mug, feel the weight and texture of the item.
Take notes about the object. Jot down the basics using your five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and feel (you may skip taste if you didn’t choose a food or beverage as your object). How does it look from different angles?
Once you have your notes, write a descriptive paragraph about the object. How detailed can you get and still craft a compelling paragraph about this random item?
Bonus Assignment #1
Describe the same object in a few words or a single sentence, but give the reader enough detail to know the exact object.
Bonus Assignment #2
Get technical. Research precisely what materials were used to make the object and give the reader an in-depth profile of its components. Plastics, metals, rubber, and wire. Get into the nuts and bolts that make the object what it is.
While not all objects and items mentioned in a story have meaning, there are times when you’ll want the reader to focus on something particular for a specific reason. Practicing descriptions of basic objects can help you strengthen your writing skills and give you another creative tool to work with.
Happy Writing, and I’ll see you next time!