For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. 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. This one’s on how to describe birds.
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).
- The owl rose softly from the track, carrying the shining snake into the trees
- Eating snake without troubling to kill it
- watched the birds chirping and hopping across the tree limb
- chinking of the tinker bird
- see-saw creaking of the coqui francolin
- the lake birds, crying as they swooped low over the water
- birds serenaded the dawn
- squirrel chattered shrilly
- jays rasped in the morning and a chickaree
- wistful bird calls of the African night died one by one
- dawn scream of a fish eagle
- tinny notes of a trumpeter hornbill
- nasal, jeering squawk of a hadada ibis
- in a dead tree perched a motley selection of large birds
- On broad deltas of white sand, numerous water birds flew back and forth about their business.
Click for the complete list of 69 writer’s themed descriptions.
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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 the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also 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 book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.