Does your story take place somewhere you’ve never been? Use Google Earth to visit vicariously. Detailed descriptions are what make a story come alive. Getting strong visuals help you write better descriptions and can even introduce various plot twists. Furthermore, it’s important to maintain accuracy if your story takes place in an actual location. People who live or have been there will be drawn to your story and if it’s accurate they’ll be impressed. If it’s totally wrong, you’ll lose credibility.
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Analogies compare two things that are alike in some way, then extend it beyond that in either a literal or figurative way to achieve greater understanding. They break down eventually, so don’t go too far. For example, you could compare a dog to a loyal, forgiving friend or career choices to an expansive buffet.
Metaphors compare two entirely different things, such as comparing the stages of life to the seasons. This type of description can be powerful, but it can also be distracting if it doesn’t fit. If you write humor, it can be very effective. Otherwise, make sure you intend for it to be funny. Mixed metaphors can be hilarious, but also a major distraction when used inappropriately.
Keep a notepad handy everywhere to jot down ideas, whether for a new story, plot twist, or vivid description. The more convenient it is, the more likely you’ll do so. Like so many other things, it’s use it or lose it. How often have you thought of a clever way to describe something just before you fell asleep, thinking you’d remember, but it was long-gone in the morning? Don’t lose those previous literary jewels!
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Keep a notebook of descriptions you find that stand out because they stimulated your senses. The more senses you incorporate into your narrative, the more vivid the imagery will be. Sight alone isn’t as effective. Remember, your sense of smell is one of the strongest memory triggers due to how it’s wired to your brain. What do you see when you think of the scent of the ocean or a spring rain? Scents familiar to your reader will bring your story alive.
Read a variety of books and genres, including those written by writers more skilled than yourself as well as those less skilled. This allows you to see how far you’ve progressed. You can learn from both. To paraphrase a favorite quote, “No book is ever wasted. You can always serve as a bad example.” Often someone else’s glaring faux pas is something you do as well.
Keep dialog realistic. Remember to use contractions or it could sound stilted. Saying it aloud helps. If one or more characters have an accent, be sure to reflect that as well, even if your spell-checker gags a bit. You want your readers to be able to virtually hear conversations. You should create an impression of what their voices sound like as clearly as you do their appearance.
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