Sight words are probably the most common description tool for writers, but that doesn’t make them any less important. As one of five senses, they are a part of sensory descriptions just like we discussed at The Writing Resource last post when we looked at the difference between telling and sensory descriptions.
Here’s a quick recap:
Telling descriptions are simple sentences that tell the reader what is happening without much description. While, sensory descriptions provide detail that stirs the reader’s memories in terms of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.
Telling Description: The girl couldn’t contain the smile on her face. She felt happy for once.
Sensory Description: The thunderous rain hitting the roof only added to her excitement. The thudding echoed her heart’s as goosebumps rose on her skin. She couldn’t contain the smile of her face as she breathed in the fresh air. The earthy smell washing away the grime from the earth.
Both types of descriptions are necessary for a balanced story but we often don’t get that balance right. So The Writing Resource is here to help!
This week we’re considering sight descriptions which are the most used method in the writer’s toolkit. But that is not always a bad thing. They’re often more forgettable, which at times is exactly what you want! When you’re writing out your descriptions there are some objects, people, or places you want to draw your reader’s attention too in depth. But others not so much. That is when sight words come in handy.
This post has been part of a series provided by The Writing Resource covering all five senses (check out sound, smell, touch, and taste too!) and, for our members there’s even a free downloadable – get yours below (psst – it’s free to become a member with The Writing Resource – join up now)