To describe a scene in writing requires using the imagination. Be there mentally so that you can tell someone else all about it. Describe it in enough detail to encourage the reader to think he/she is there too.
To write with descriptions, ask what your six senses were telling your brain during that experience. Choose the most vivid or important impressions to include in your story.
Describe the details picked up by your other senses to include at least one detail involving each of or most of your six senses. There are at least 57 senses, not just 5 or 6 senses.
Sight – provides the most details. See it. The readers can paint the rest of the picture for themselves.
Sound – relies on the complete absence of sight. Vibrations from
the ears. Hear it. Loud, soft, yelling, whisper, angry, clatter, crash, etc.
Touch – conjures up memories and physical reactions which can be painful
or pleasurable. Touch it. Feel it. Hot – Fire Cold – Ice Pain – Pinching
Smell – presents a place or action for the scene Smell it. Minty –Toothpaste
Musky – Dad’s aftershave Burning Logs Strong Perfume
Taste – provides a memory Taste it. Often used in flashback writings.
Sweet – Maple syrup Sour – Lemon Salty – Pretzels
+ 6th Sense – Unscientific senses can be more powerful, if not more so, than the conventional ones. It is a keen intuitive power. It’s a great way to foreshadow dramatic events to come. Extrasensory perception or ESP is also called the sixth sense. It includes receiving information not gained through the recognized physical senses, but sensed with the mind as intuition, telepathy, psychometry, clairaudience, and clairvoyance.
Good descriptive writing is all about quality, not quantity.
Everything comes down to one word – details.
Descriptive writing is about getting readers to truly experience a setting or a character through their senses.
When getting ready to describe a person or a place in your story, first make a list of all the details you could mention to bring it to life. Use the items on the list that are the most appealing to a variety of senses.