How to improve your descriptive writing


Descriptive writing allows your readers to picture where events are taking place, and it allows more immersion into the piece itself.

Even though it’s so important, many writers have a hard time doing it. They either take too much time to describe something small or they gloss over things that needed more description.

I have a few tips on how to get it right.

1. Slow down! Writing a good piece take time. If you slow down and read each part carefully, you should be able to see where you might need more work. Simply putting: “It was hot” doesn’t cut it. To put it plainly, show, don’t tell.

2. Use the 5 senses: Don’t say that the room feels cold. Make your reader shiver with your words. Describe how a newborn’s room smells like baby powder. Make your reader see, hear, and feel what your character is seeing, hearing, and feeling.

3. Match the mood: You never want your description to be at a different pace from the plot. Are you writing a battle scene? Then use shorter sentences. The last thing you want to do is writing a description that pulls your reader out of the scene.

4. Match the narrator: Make it a point not to have your character notice something out of his/her personality. If they are scared, don’t make them start describing how comfortable their bed is. This is probably one of the most important parts of descriptive writing.

5. Symbolism: Just don’t overuse them. But, honestly, figurative writing is one of the most helpful forms of descriptive writing. Hyperbole can explain to your reader just how enormous and daunting that mountain really is.

6. If it’s not important to the story, cut it out: Please. If you have any regard for your readers, follow this rule. Do not overuse description. Make every description, no matter how small, work to enrich your book.


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