Writing Descriptions

Writer's Digest Magazine Sometime ago, I swore off providing writing advice on my blog- my own learning as a writer feels too incomplete.

But that shouldn’t prevent me from sharing great writing advice when I hear (or in this case, read) it.

This little tidbit comes from the January 2014 edition of Writer’s Digest.

In an article entitled, Miscalculations & Missteps, Elizabeth Sims provides some of the best, and simplest, advice when it comes to writing descriptions in fiction.

Here’s the trick: Get going on a description with the attitude of discovering, not informing. In this zone, you’re not writing to tell the readers stuff you already know-rather, you are writing to discover and experience the scene right alongside them.

That paragraph opened a door for me. I hope it does the same for you.


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    • Thank you so much! It was a great article overall, but descriptive passages have often been challenging and your little trick made me far more excited about writing them.

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