- 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. This one’s on how to describe furnishings.
A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).
- Rolling his chair across the dais, casters echoing lightly upon the wood
- Old, beat-up gray chair that looked to be one fat guy away from total collapse
- Trestle table
- Decoration was dated and more feminine than Drago had expected—no doubt the deceased wife’s touch. Hardwood floors showed signes of recent work, the varnish fresh and shiny and
- An empty flower vase, and a pair of matching hand-painted ceramic bowls
- The drape on one side of the window hung crookedly. Shepherd straightened it.
- Managed to be both Spartan and cluttered
- Shaving scum lined the sink bowl
- I sat on something amazingly uncomfortable that someone had disguised as a couch
- The heater recognized only two settings—off and Tropic of Cancer
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.