This post by Jennifer Flaten
For as much as I read, I am not that good at writing descriptive passages myself.
Actually, that applies to telling stories too, I can see the picture in my head, but getting words out is hard.
Here is a perfect example, in sixth grade a male friend of mine confessed he had a crush on one of my friends. I said I would talk to my friend and let her know that he liked her. So on the bus that night I told Tori that Chris liked her.
Her first question “what is he like”
Okay I could see exactly what Chris looked like in my head; but my answer? “Well, he’s wearing a red coat”.
She gave me a disgusted look and said “That’s not what I meant”. Yes, I suppose it wasn’t. Too bad she couldn’t see my mental image.
I still struggle with that to this day, for characters I am writing about I can see them clearly in my head, but I just can’t seem to get that to translate onto the paper.
Is describing characters easy for you or do you struggle like me?
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