Chances are you’d tell me how it looks. Amiright?
The thing is, there’s more to it than that. Description can include how something feels to the touch, how it smells, how it tastes, and how it sounds.
Stop limiting your descriptions to what you can see – it’s one more easy way to make your writing a lot more compelling. Check the video!
More thinking won't fix it.
When you’re trying to write and you can’t get started…
… start anyway.
It’s not thinking that gets you over the hump. It’s the physical act of writing, whether you’re using a pen on paper or typing on a keyboard. Check out the video.
When you're telling a story in a speech, op-ed, essay, or anywhere else, begin telling the story when the action is already underway -- a punch is thrown, a response is given, or trouble is on its unstoppable way. Your instinct is probably to set everything up first, then build to the first big moment. Nope. Start in the middle of that first big thing.
Here's an essay about collaboration between songwriters. You don't have to be a musician to learn from this detailed account of the relationship between Chris Collingwood and the late Adam Schlesinger. Great material here about how craft and art differ more by name than by action, how listening that becomes analysis is probably the best education, and how much there is to know as a creator besides your own perspective.
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