To describe something-a person, a place, or an object-is to capture it in words
so others can imagine it or see it in their mind's eye.
The best way for a writer to help the reader get a clear impression is to use
language that appeals to the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. For it is
through the senses that human beings experience the physical world around
them, and it is through the senses that the world is most vividly described.
Imagine, for instance, that you have just gone boating on a lake at sunset. You
may not have taken a photograph, yet your friends and family can receive an accurate
picture of what you have experienced if you describe the pink sky reflected
in smooth water, the creak of the wooden boat, the soothing drip of water from
the oars, the occasional splash of a large bass jumping, the faint fish smells, the
cool and darkening air.
Writing down what your senses experience will teach you
to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch more acutely than ever before.
Description is useful in English class, the sciences, psychology-anywhere
that keen observation is important.
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