Adding depth to your descriptions

Flat descriptions are often the result of using just one out of the five senses. Appealing to all five senses  gives your writing dimension.

Unlike movie directors who have sound, visual and several fx tools at their disposal, the writer has just his words to describe how things sound and look like. Beyond those two senses, writers also have the power to describe how things smell, feel and taste. Beginner writers often underutilize than they overuse the five senses. If you want to truly immerse your readers in your story, do well to engage all their five senses.

Hazel eyes…

tattered denim…

bruised ankle…

The problem with the above is that it lacks depth and is one-dimensional. It can quickly get tedious because it engages just the sense of sight.

What other things can be said of the character described above?


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Bamidele Aiyejina

Aiyejina Bamidele is in love with all things 'blank'. A blank page, a blank Canvas, and a blank Terminal. He writes poetry, short fiction and personal essays. When he isn't daydreaming of hitting the billionaire mark before 26, you'd catch him on Kobo or Photoshop.

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