Friday, March 8, 2013

The Importance of Descriptive Language in Writing


by M. J. Joachim

First and foremost, I’d like to give a shout out to my blogging friend Pat and his cat, for reaching 500,000 page views this week! Woohoo! Congratulations to you!
Onto the business at hand…

With the A – Z Challenge rapidly approaching, I decided to make sure I completed my March Key Word Reading Challenge blog hop a little bit early. That’s not to say I won’t read any more books this month. It’s simply to personally know that I’ve met the task at hand, and don’t have to worry about it again until April.

At the Rainbow’s End by Jack London

I’m a big fan of Jack London’s work, because he is so descriptive with his writing. You can literally read any segment – a sentence or two, a paragraph, an entire chapter etc. and feel all your senses go into action, as you decipher what he has written.

Take for example this small excerpt from At the Rainbow’s End:

Half a dozen sleds, evidently bound up-stream to Dawson, were splashing through the chill water to the tail of the island. Travel on the river was passing from the precarious to the impossible, and it was nip and tuck with them till they gained the island and came up the path of the wood-choppers toward the cabin.

In only two sentences, you know you are surrounded by an icy river; you also know the river is melting and rising. Tension is high – a war against the elements and Mother Nature is imminent. (What do you know about the story, from reading this excerpt?)

Descriptive language in writing is vital for capturing and maintaining the reader’s attention. As writers, we need to draw our audience into our story, with valid, detailed verbiage, enchanting them with our abilities to weave a tale capable of energizing their spirit, while making them yearn for more.

At the Rainbow’s End is a short story without a short ending. This piece is acutely intense, radiating from its author’s scrutiny and resolute manner of inserting idiomatic expressions throughout the adventure.

Indeed, At the Rainbow’s End is about an adventure taking place deep within the Alaskan wilderness. It doesn’t start out that way, however. It starts out with a character on a journey, which dramatically evolves into a mission and ultimately escalates into an unbelievable scenario of countless twists and turns. It’s a story I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading and a tale you won’t soon forget.

That’s all for now, kind followers.
Thank you for visiting Writing Tips.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

M. J.

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