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When writing it can be difficult to avoid repeating descriptive phrases. Other times, you know what you want to say, but can’t seem to find an adequate way to say it. Books designed to help writers with this are surprisingly rare. I hope this resource will help other writers in their struggle to create and polish their personal masterpiece, chase their dreams, and avoid pulling too much hair out. Descriptionary posts are living, breathing works which will grow as I continue to gather material from multiple sources, and as readers add their own favorites. The best contributions will be added to the post – with attribution – but this is one place on the internet that you’ll want to read the comments section!

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Describe It: Suprise and Shock

Jump to Descriptions Definition A state of amazement as a result of something unexpected.   Surprise is brief mental state that occurs before a person transitions into an emotional state, such as: happiness, sadness, embarrassment,…

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Describe It: Shades of Blue

Not All Descriptions Are Equal Just because a colour name exists, doesn’t mean it will translate well into your writing. Generally, people will know navy blue as it’s a common colour in clothing. People are…

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This Word Kind Of Sucks: Look

We already covered the danger of vague words but some are so engrained in our way of communicating they require a little extra attention. One of these words is “look”. Look is about as vague…

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Describe It: Character Appearance

Watch here as we create posts for: faces – face shapes, skin (complexion), eyes, nose, mouth, chin, ears, hair – including facial hair, body – body types, body parts, posture, fashion – manners of dress, mannerisms – obvious motion-related nuisances that affect initial impressions 

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Describe it: Shades of Yellow

Just because a colour name exists, doesn’t mean it will translate well into your writing. Generally, people will know dandelion yellow as they’ve likely seen dandelions before (my lord, they are EVERYWHERE). People are less likely to know what you mean if you use Mikado Yellow. Another thing to watch out for is …

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Describe it: Fear / Panic

Fear: be afraid of (someone or something) which is perceived as being dangerous, painful, or threatening.
Panic: sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing unthinking behavior.

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Describe it: Shades of Red

People are less likely to know what you mean if you use Alizarin red. Another thing to watch out for is if it makes sense in context. “His hair was as red as fresh, summer rhubarb”, is not…

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Describe it: Anxiety / Nervousness

Definition Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Nervousness: agitated or alarmed; tending to be anxious; highly strung. Synonym Strength These are just some…

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Describe it: Shades Of Green

A colour name existing doesn’t mean that it will translate well, or mean anything, in writing. Generally, people will know fern green as they’ve likely seen a fern before. People are less likely to know what you mean if you use Cal Poly Green. Another thing to watch out for is if it makes sense in context. “She was …

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Describe It: Anger

Jump to Descriptions Definition A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Synonym Strength Disorders A disorder is often diagnosed when an issue is prevalent in the day-to-day life of a person and negatively impacts…

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Unneeded Words Are Slowing You Down!

The way we speak often doesn’t make for good writing. We fill our sentences with more reflexive words – like very or really – than we realize. When written, it can make people wonder if they need to give you a tap on the head

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