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Chapter 7: Description

Chapter introduction:

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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