Whereas most people believe that action and plot are the centers of good writing, description is actually the part of the writing that gives the writing heart. Good writing provides a description that is both ravishing and it has the ability to pull the writer in. Try some the exercises below to help you write convincing description.
Describe a person in his or her entirety completely in the nude. Describe the person in the eyes of a person who has never seen a person of the opposite sex before in the nude. Describe every detail of this person in a fresh, non-contrived way.
Describe a beautiful sunset or sunrise from the eyes of a person who has just lost a child. This child could have either been miscarried or a child who was born and only got to live briefly. Consider how this sunset or sunrise will look to this wounded person. Do not tell the story. Simply paint the picture of the sunset.
In this House
Describe a house. Explain every room in magnificent detail. What’s in the kitchen? What color is the bedspread? Now I also want you to pretend that this house belongs to a serial killer. Do not write this in your piece. Describe the house and give subtle hints that a killer lives in the house.