Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Writing Descriptively (Part 1 of 7)

I worked with a new writer and tried to explain what I meant by descriptive writing. I began by telling her it was like the third leg of a stool. "No matter whether you write fiction or nonfiction," I said, "it's a skill you need to learn."

The first leg is the background information. Someone called it exposition. The second is the narration—the storyline, or the telling of events.

Then we get to the description, which paints the story in word pictures. Here's the idea behind descriptive writing: Your words enable readers to capture a picture in their minds.

I write descriptively to enable readers to feel and visualize my writing.


  1. Great post, Cec! No one recommends a book or shares a blog post because it has great information. They pass it on because it touched them emotionally. Descriptive writing touches the emotions.

  2. Excellent response, Dave. Thanks.


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