I took an online course today from Cat Rambo on Description and Delivering Information. My favorite tip was: Always choose to describe what’s distinct for that moment in time. That ignites my imagination to see every level of what’s happening in my scene: physical setting, feelings, filters, predicaments, other characters, reactions. I think it will allow me to note the key elements to bring to life more naturally as the plot flows forward.
In addition to tons of great tips, we did some exercises. I thought I’d share, Describe the Antagonist of your Story as though He was a Weapon. I wrote about Miss Livingstone’s antagonist, Mr. Manush:
Manush edged out of the shadowed overhang of the trees and shot across the street to the boardwalk. His black eyes darted toward me slicing my heart with fear. I was caught. His running lunge swung like a blade and fell hard upon the threshold as I dodged inside the bookshop door.