By Laura Drake
Isn’t it weird, where you find the ideas for blogs? I never miss Gene Lempp’s Blog Treasures (and you shouldn’t either)!
This week, I found another gem there: Catie Rhodes’ Writing Lessons from Song Lyrics. Go check it out – she has a wonderful point – writers can learn a lot from lyrics. A lyricist only has a few words to paint a powerful picture. I find that shorter descriptions, well written, have more power. The most powerful descriptions are more than explanations of what something looks like, or feels like — it can be both. What if you combine a description with how the character feels about the object?
Have you ever been reading a book, and been stopped still by a description that made you put down the book and think, “Wow, that’s just how that feels!
I want to write that, more often. But how?
Not to be a Margie-pimp, but Margie Lawson’s Empowering Character’s Emotions taught me the mechanics. After that, I just played. I sometimes close my eyes while I type, trying to find the elusive words to capture the feeling.
Somtimes, the stars align, and I open my eyes to a sparkly, perfect description. I love doing that.
I’ll swallow my nerves and share one of mine:
Fingers stole up the back of her neck, into her hair. He absently fisted it in his hand, and in that familiar tug, her world settled. Jimmy was home.
Here are some examples by authors much who are more accomplished at this than I.
“Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk.”
― Pat Conroy
Okay, it’s your turn. Share your favorite descriptions with us – yours or another authors.
Scatter diamonds for others to find!