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48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing

descriptionsFor the next few months, weekly writing tips will revolve around word choice. That includes:

  • colorful and original descriptions
  • pithy words and phrases
  • picture nouns and action verbs
  • writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice

I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. I’ve shared 40 themes in the past:

  1. Actions That Are Timeless
  2. Actions (Era-Specific)
  3. American
  4. Appearance
  5. Body Language
  6. Body Parts
  7. Body Parts–Moving
  8. Character Traits
  9. Clothing–General
  10. Clothing—Women’s
  11. Dogs
  12. Emotion Part Iemotions
  13. Emotion Part III
  14. Emotion–A to D
  15. Emotion–E to O
  16. Emotions
  17. Emotion–S to Z
  18. Fascinating Character
  19. Fight
  20. Genius
  21. Hacker
  22. Homes I
  23. Homes II
  24. Horses
  25. Jobs
  26. Landscape–African
  27. Landscape—General
  28. Memorable
  29. Nature
  30. Neighborhood
  31. Noses, Mouths, Legs, and more
  32. Protagonistprotagonist
  33. Sensory Actions
  34. Sick and Illnesses
  35. Sickness and Illness
  36. Similes
  37. Sneak Around
  38. Vehicles–Cars, Boats, Planes, More
  39. Weird Traits
  40. Wild Animals

Over the next few months, I’ll add 8 more:

  1. 55 Interesting Intel Devices
  2. 57 Ways to Describe Talking in a Novel
  3. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing
  4. 29 Ways to Describe a Headache
  5. 37 Ways to Describe Depression
  6. 37 Ways to Describe Pain
  7. 118 Ways to Describe Sound
  8. 37 Ways to Show the Passage of Time

All of these are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly out of an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted).

When you read the collections, I’d love to have you add your descriptions.

Jacqui Murray is the author of dozens of books (on technology in education) as well as the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is  editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education which you can find on Structured Learning (a collaborative publisher).

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    • I’d love contributions. A blogger friend has offered his collection of Southern expressions, which I’ll publish in a week or so. I’d love your ideas on how to make a character sound Indian?


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