Writing Description — What is the Image Your Reader ‘Sees?’


Readers often visualize characters or settings differently than how the author intended.

This is a little test to see how accurately you are portraying your characters or setting.

Select a photo. Any photo will do. Perhaps this photo of the lovely model Cotswold village will be one you would like to describe.

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Another fun possibility would be to select the photo of an animal.

Do not use the name of the animal in your written description.

See if your reader can guess the animal you are describing.

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Select a photo.

2. Write a full page describing what you see.

3. Put the photo aside.

4. Give your written description to someone else.

5. Have that person make a sketch of the scene you have described.

6. Compare the sketch and the photo side-by-side!

–What are their similarities?

–What are their differences?