Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Making Sense in Description
I took copious photos but none caught the essence of Barcelona. Photos couldn’t record the sounds, or capture the shifting light. They couldn’t preserve the distinct smells or share the feelings I experienced.
This is because photos are blind to all the senses except sight.
If we only describe a place by what it looks like, then our writing will end up being as boring as having to spend hours watching someone else’s holiday snaps. We’re only able to transport our readers when we allow them to feel the place, to taste it, smell it, hear it. It’s through these senses that they can step in and live the experience with you.
Remember this when writing description, and you’ll become a Master Guide into the worlds you create.
What is it about your favourite holiday destination that you remember the most? What are the things that trigger those memories?
*I couldn't find my old photos of Barcelona so this photo is one I took in Macau, China. It's part of the Portuguese quarter so it looks surprisingly similar.