Adding depth to your descriptions

he reeks of a brewery(smell)

his lips taste like a stale plum(taste)

he is deafened to the blaring of car horns.(sound)

the bottle weighs more than him, it… (touch)

Descriptions are not just character-centric

They also give your setting dimension.

The Horizon fades in with the ocean’s blue making it hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. ( Sight)

The breeze smells burnt and sweet…(smell)

Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air.” —James Dashner, The Maze Runner (touch)

Descriptive, sensual writing is about getting readers to truly experience a setting or a character through their senses. Make sure it is detailed enough to bring the place or character alive in the mind of the reader. Restrict yourself from overwhelming your readers with needless details.

That’s all for this thursday. See you next week. Drop your questions, contributions and disagreement (if any) in the comment box below.

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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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