The ancient Greek writer Aesop tells a story of two unlikely friends. It begins when a mouse is captured by a ferocious lion.
This post was inspired by a caller on a local radio show this morning who was for the most part quite well-spoken. He correctly, for example, used the word disaffected. But he also occasionally used the word theirselves.
Writing descriptively requires making choices. A creative, observant writer can find dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of details to describe in any scene, person, or object. But good description doesn’t simply mean giving as much detail as possible. It means selecting the most important details to include and presenting them vividly and memorably.