Your characters need to travel, see the world—be it as simple as a room in their house or an exotic place across the globe or maybe another dimension entirely.
I fell asleep at the wheel, and I drove into a tree. Here is another way to write the same scene. I awoke to the violent crunch of metal on wood, the hiss of the radiator, and the sickly sweet smells of antifreeze and gasoline.
Adding the sights, smells, and sounds allows the reader to imagine the moment. In addition to the five traditional senses—sight, touch, smell, taste, and sound, use of the sixth sense—mood not the ability to see dead people is equally important to writing rich, believable scenes.
It can also Descriptive scenery called tone. Whatever you call it, even the most detailed description can fall totally flat without deliberate evocation of the appropriate emotion.
Below are two examples that each have a particular tone or mood that enhances the actual description.
I opened my eyes to find my Caddy hugging a tree; its shiny blue hood was now ruffled like a prom dress, the radiator was sighing like a lover, and the sweet aromas of antifreeze and gasoline danced to the rhythmic tinks and pops of the car as it settled into its arboreal embrace.
Bits of bark, leaves, and metal shards everywhere. I pass a tongue over my smarting lip. What is that smell? The imagery and metaphors suggest a lighter, less scary moment.
Though, the reader could reasonably assume that the speaker is not in his or her right mind, too. The second example uses short sentence style and staccato pacing to evoke a panicked tone.
Details are fed to the reader in the order that the narrator notices them. Interjections of emotive phrases heighten the sense of danger. His stories were fictional, but his descriptions of his home-city were thoroughly researched and deliberately realistic. They resonate with us even now, long after that city has been replaced by a modern metropolis.
As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.
Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great and dirty city.
Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats.
Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds. It was a muddy and foggy November day in London. If you have some experience of London, or fog, or mud, or typical English November weather, you might be able to conjure a significant mental image.
If you know Dickens wrote it, and you knew a little bit about him, you might imagine a few more details. If not, this would give you little to work with.
The tone is flat, lifeless.Use "descriptive words" a lot? You can jump right to this page by putting a "!" at the end of your searchl. John Clare, Poems Descriptive Of Rural Life And Scenery ().
Kessinger Publishing, Paperback, pages. ISBN The present book is a facsimile reprint of the first edition of the first book by John Clare, the "Northamptonshire Peasant" poet who created a sensation when he burst upon the English literary scene in /5(2).
Apr 02, · Making Scenery Come Alive Scenery is perhaps the hardest thing to make interesting on the page.
Your characters need to travel, see the world—be it as simple as a room in their house or an exotic place across the globe or maybe another dimension entirely. A good descriptive paragraph is like a window into another world. Through the use of careful examples or details, an author can conjure a scene that vividly describes a person, place, or thing.
The best descriptive writing appeals to all five senses―smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing―and is found in both fiction and nonfiction.
I recommend them quite highly when looking to write descriptive scenes. Another author who does a remarkable job with descriptives is Brian Jacques, who wrote the Redwall series. Originally written for blind children, his novels (particularly his earlier works) are very rich with scenery and excellent ways of .
A good descriptive paragraph is like a window into another world. Through the use of careful examples or details, an author can conjure a scene that vividly describes a person, place, or thing.
The best descriptive writing appeals to multiple senses at once―smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing―and is found in both fiction and nonfiction.