How would you describe it?

As a writing exercise, I often try to describe random objects or scenes that I see in my daily life. I don't type them out--just in my mind. But I try to come up with the words to put exactly what I'm looking at right then into someone else's head. How do I get across …

Describing a face

How do you do it? I wonder if one can really use words to describe a face accurately. People tend to default to faces they've seen before, or shapes they are familiar with. I am trying something with a character of mine, and have picked a face of a real person to use as my …

Painting with words

I imagine sometimes that writing descriptively must be like painting, though I've not done much painting in my life. You get an idea in your head, and you choose the right colors, the right palate, the right style, to get the image you want across. Is finding the right word like finding the right color …

How to set the tone

  Look at that tree. It's a pretty normal tree, right? I tried to pick a very neutral picture of a tree--one that could be anywhere, with anything going on around it outside the frame. Anything could be happening to the person observing it. How would you choose to describe this tree? That choice should …