Category Archives: Description

On writing: Use Specific Nouns & Adjectives

Think about this sentence: "Johnny smelled something delicious." Close your eyes and try to imagine exactly what Johnny smelled. How many of you are thinking pizza? How about steak? How about ice cream? Pie? Any pies out there? All of … Continue reading

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On Writing: How to Break the “Eliminate Bland Adjectives Rule” & Get Away With It!

My Institute for Children’s Literature* curriculum encourages writers to use specific rather than general words. For instance, using blue jay instead of bird and cobalt instead of blue conveys a specific picture. They gave us an exercise in which we had … Continue reading

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Description: Make it Blend

I’ve been discussing description in a few of my recent blogs: “On Writing: Editing Your Description” “Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!” “Description: MAKE it Matter!” “Description: Bring Your World to Life!” Today, I’ll discuss how to make your … Continue reading

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Description: Bring Your World to Life!

I’ve been blogging on writing description, and so far, I’ve discussed: "On Writing: Editing Your Description" "Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!" "Description: MAKE it Matter!" As I’ve mentioned before, you want your world to haunt your reader. (I … Continue reading

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Description: MAKE it Matter!

Put it to work by giving it double duty! I’ve been blogging on using description this week. If you’re just joining, you’ll want to check out the prior blogs: "Writing: Editing Your Description" "Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!" … Continue reading

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Description: MAKE it Matter!

Put it to work by giving it double duty! I’ve been blogging on using description this week. If you’re just joining, you’ll want to check out the prior blogs: "Writing: Editing Your Description" "Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!" … Continue reading

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Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!

As I mentioned in the earlier blog entry entitled, “On Writing: Editing Your Description,” description takes words, and words are writing’s most precious commodities. Spend them sparingly. But what to cut? When editing, remember the cardinal rule: Keep only the … Continue reading

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Writing: Editing Your Description

Description is like salt. Too little salt makes your dish taste hollow. Too much, and your dish makes your guests vomit. I blogged on how I needed to edit my description in Out of the Shadows, book II of the … Continue reading

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