A demand for help with descriptions...
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July 11th, 2010 (05:48 PM).
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Zealand
You first have to start with the recognition that the reader will never see what you see. It's not because you're a
writer, but because you are a
. A movie director or an animator can afford to think like this more, but as a writer, you cannot expect to put your mental scene onto the page. What is important is that you focus on the key elements of what you want the reader to see.
I recently quoted Stephen King, and I think that it would be appropriate to do so again:
If I tell you that Carrie White is a high school outcast with a bad complexion and a fashion-victim wardrobe, I think you can do the rest, can’t you? I don’t need to give you a pimple-by-pimple, skirt-by-skirt rundown. We all remember one or more high school losers, after all; if I describe mine, it freezes out yours, and I lose a little bit of the bond of understanding I want to forge between us.
Essentially, for the bits that you
want to convey, it's a matter of reading and practice. Carefully read over scenes which have description styles you want to emulate, and then practice over and over again. I know it's kind of cheesy, but it is a matter of finding your style, getting feedback from others to see if it's having the effect you intended, and then improving.
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