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Through the creative power of words, you are free to journey through the realms of your own vivid and unique imagination. What place do you dream about? Paint a word picture of this imaginary land so it seems like a real place to the reader, describing the sky, ground, landforms, water features, and vegetation in colorful detail.
Show, don’t tell. Use sensory language to paint a picture in your readers’ minds. This is called imagery.
To use imagery in your writing, write details that appeal to the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
Instead of: The chocolate bar was delicious.
Write: The candy melted in her mouth and swirls of bittersweet chocolate and slightly sweet but salty caramel blended together on her tongue.
Instead of: He was tired after his run.
Write: After the long run, he collapsed in the grass with tired and burning muscles. The grass tickled his skin and sweat cooled on his brow.
You can find more examples of imagery at https://literaryterms.net/imagery/
Poem of the Week
How many examples of imagery can you find in this poem by Jay Parini?
I follow it, the snail of thought
I leave the track, turn off this trail
I crouch in shadows, under ferns
I refuse to answer every bird
I see the liquid glister in its shell
I taste the wind
I smell the smoke of fire in the woods
I hear the crackle of a thousand thorns
I feel the temperature rising
I consider every option valid
I attend each phase
I crumble into wet, black ground
I lose my place in sand and gravel
I listen for the clash of weeks
I wonder where the snail will go today