Think about the first things you notice when you walk into a new place--the scents, the lighting, the 'vibe', the people. Are you capturing those things in your own work? If so, are you using power words or are you writing something lame like "it smelled weird" or "it felt off." Those are weak so I hope you're amping it up to something like "the smell of wet dogs barely concealed the scent of rotten eggs." As a writer, you want to stimulate a reaction in your reader. This needs to be your goal with every scene.
As a writing exercise, I'd like you to look at this picture below and write one or two paragraphs describing it or the scene you believe it depicts. Use the senses. Make your words come alive. I'd love it if you'd share your results in the comments below. Don't worry. I'm not here to judge. Writing is fun, remember? As this blog progresses, I'm going to do similar 3-D writing exercises.
So...look at the photograph, imagine the place, and bring it to life. No lame sentences allowed! Show me, make me feel it, challenge yourself.
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of nonfiction, thrillers, and romantic suspense. A professional editor and freelance journalist for nearly two decades, she created Mountain Moxie Publishing Services to assist authors in mastering the writing craft. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, has topped international best selling charts, and has been named by Dr. Prem as fourth on the "Ten Most Inspiring True Stories Everyone Must Read" list. Easton is also a speaker regarding parenting through trauma and suicide awareness. To discover more about Mountain Moxie Publishing Services, please go to http://www.moxiegirlwriting.com. For a list of all of Easton's books, articles and interviews, go to http://www.amberleaeaston.com.