Image Painting

Now, when we think of what an image is we tend to think of something that is described so beautifully and intricately. But this can sometimes be problematic.

Writers sometimes refer to this over descriptive tendency as “painting.” This involves an overuse of descriptive language, may that be adjectives or adverbs, to add to the image trying to be portrayed. If an image is painted too abstractly, readers may not even connect with the image at all. Sometimes it is best to just blatantly say the thing you are trying to portray. Of course, still apply the five senses when writing about the thing, but that type of tip is for a different day.

-the team at Sonder

Credit: The Practice of Creative Writing, Heather Sellers


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