A tip for writers trying to describe settings or actions
I get lots of questions from people asking me how I describe settings and actions so beautifully, and make it feel like they can actually see everything in the scene like it’s right there in front of them.
Honestly, I almost never use similes and metaphors. I think I can count one instance in the entirety of Embassy and one instance in all of Resonance where I use a simile. That’s my advice. Don’t describe a place, or a sight, or a sound, or whatever it is you’re describing by then describing *something else* and hoping the reader just gets it.
If you’re trying to describe an old house in the middle of suburbia, show us the wind-worn shutters, the blackened chimney, the rot on the walls, the creak of the front door, the leaky garage….then go on and do a simile/metaphor, if you must.
Don’t introduce us to the house by saying it’s like that misplaced stalk of corn from yesteryear growing in a field of beans. WHAT??? hOW iS tHAT aN oLD hOUSE? What am I looking at?
That’s how I construct my settings. Just describe the setting in the simplest terms possible. But remember, it’s just my personal preference. If you have a flowery way of describing, and you can do it well, then by all means, full speed ahead! My way is just how *I* effectively communicate.