HELLO, WE ARE IN A NEW YEAR, AND IT NEVER HURTS TO MAKE A FEW CHANGES. ONE OF THESE CHANGES WE WILL MAKE TO THE DAILY WISDOM WORDS BLOG IS TO HAVE AN ARTICLE THAT IS ABOUT LITERATURE, WRITING SKILLS, AND SPECIFIC WRITING STYLES FOR AUTHORS AND POETS. THE FIRST SUBJECT WE WILL COVER TODAY THAT APPLIES TO BOTH POETS AND AUTHORS ARE DESCRIPTIVES. BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF DESCRIPTIVES IN OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY: 1. GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT HOW SOMEONE LOOKS OR SOMETHING LOOKS, SOUNDS, ETC. : USING WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IS LIKE. TECHNICAL; PROVIDING FACTS ABOUT HOW A LANGUAGE IS ACTUALLY USED RATHER THAN RULES THAT TELL PEOPLE HOW IT SHOULD BE USED. 2: PRESENTING OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING: SERVING TO DESCRIBE.
WITHOUT DESCRIPTIVES SUCH AS ADJECTIVES, ADVERBS, COMPARATIVES, EUPHIMISMS, AND PROPER NOUNS, THINK HOW BLAND A POEM OR BOOK WOULD BE. FOR EXAMPLE, I WILL WRITE FIRST, POEM A-(LITTLE OR NO DESCRIPTIVES) AND SECOND, POEM B-(USAGE OF ALL DESCRIPTIVES).
POEM A: I SAW A CAT ON A LEDGE, HE CRAWLED TOWARD THE FENCES EDGE. I SAW HIM SLIP TO THE GROUND. AFTER HE HAD FALLEN DOWN.
POEM B: A BLACK CAT WITH SATIN EYES, HIS LONG HAIR ROSE TO HIS DEMISE. CRAWLING ON A LEDGE W/SPLINTERED BOARDS AROUND. I SAW HIM SCRATCH, AS HE SLID DOWN.
OBVIOUSLY, THESE ARE VERY BASIC EXAMPLES TO GET MY POINT ACROSS. WE CAN USE “DESCRIPTIVES TO KEEP OUR READER INTERESTED. AS WE READ “POEM A”, WE ARE FORCED TO ADLIB DETAILS OURSELVES. WHEN A READER WISHES TO READ, THEY DON’T WANT TO MENTALLY WRITE AS WELL. IN “POEM B”, THEY DON’T HAVE TO MENTALLY ADLIB FACTS OR WRITE PART OF THIS POEM. THE PICTURE IS PAINTED. I COULD HAVE DONE A FAR BETTER JOB EXPLAINING MY POINT, BUT I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND JUST HOW IMPORTANT DESCRIPTIVES CAN BE. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD BOOK AND A GREAT BOOK IS THE DETAIL YOU ADD FOR THE WRITER TO ENVISION YOUR STORY AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE INTERPRETED. IT IS AMAZING HOW LITTLE EFFORT IT TAKES TO MAKE A BLAND STORY INTO A FASCINATING ONE THAT DRAWS A CLEAR PICTURE YOU PAINTED BY ITSELF THROUGH YOUR DETAIL AND COLOR.
DESCRIPTIVES ARE FOR AUTHORS AND POETS AND WRITERS OF ANY KIND THE SAME AS WATER IS TO SAILBOAT. DESCRIPTIVES MAKE OR BREAK YOUR STORY, DETERMINE IF IT IS BORING OR INTERESTING, MAKE IT INTO A SUCCESSFUL AND ACCOMPLISHED NOVEL OR JUST AN AVERAGE BOOK. IF YOU ARE EVER STRUGGLING FOR DESCRIPTIVES OF ANY KIND, A GREAT EXERCISE TO TRY IS THIS: START YOUR SENTENCE TO YOUR POEM OR PARAGRAPH IN THE CASE OF A BOOK, AND ADD TWO WORDS IN YOUR MIND TO HELP YOU FIND THE SPECIFIC TWO WORDS TO FINISH YOUR SENTENCE. FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR LINE IN YOUR BOOK OR POEM MIGHT BE: “THE CAR WAS GOING TOO FAST….(THE 2 WORDS YOU WOULD SAY TO YOURSELF IN YOUR MIND TO FINISH THIS SENTENCE WITH A MORE INTERESTING FINISH ARE THESE WORDS: THE CARE WAS GOING TOO FAST___LIKE A ______OR LIKE THE_____AIRPLANE. THIS IS ONE WAY TO INCREASE THE INTEREST FOR YOUR READER IN A SENTENCE AT THE END OF IT. ANOTHER WAY TO ADD DESCRIPTIVES SUCH AS METAPHORES OR HYPERBOLES TO A SENTENCE IS GET CREATIVE IN CLEVER NARRATIVES. LET’S DO SOME QUICK REVIEWS FOR THE MEANINGS OF HYPERBOLE, SYNECHDOCHES, AND METAPHORS WHICH CAN HELP YOU TELL YOUR STORY WITH WONDERFUL, DESCRIPTIVE ARTICULATION.
HYPERBOLES-(FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE)-USE OF AN “EXAGGERATION AS A RHETORICAL DEVICE OR FIGURE OF SPEECH. IN POETRY, HYPERBOLES EMPHASIZES AND EVOKES STRONG FEELINGS BY CREATING STRONG IMPRESSIONS.
SYNECDOCHE-FIGURE OF SPEECH IN WHICH A PART OFF SOMETHINGS USED TO REFER TO ITS WHOLE. WHY USE SYNECHDOHES? IT CAUSES THE READER TO HAVE TO ADD IN THE EXTRA PORTION OF DESCRIPTION IN THE MIND. THE READER MUST THINK, BUT NOT CREATE YOUR STORY FOR YOU! BIG DIFFERENCE.
LITERAL LANGUAGE-MEANING IS EXACTLY THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD MINUS, “FOR EXAMPLE”. (TEXTBOOK DEFINITION). FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE-USES SIMILIES, METAPHORES, AND HYPERBOLES TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING THROUGH COMPARISON.
FINAL WRITING TIP USING DESCRITIVES-“USE THE WORD, “YOU” IN YOUR INTRODUCTION. VERY SIMPLE-WILL HOOK YOUR READER IMMEDIATELY.
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